Emmanuel Riviere admits first season at Newcastle has been difficult

Newcastle United striker Emmanuel Riviere has still not scored in the Premier League.

Emmanuel Riviere has admitted to the Chronicle that he has struggled during his first season in English football.

Riviere joined Newcastle United last summer from Monaco and was expected to be their main source of goals – or at least complement the likes of Papiss Cisse – during the 2014/15 campaign.

The move has not worked out to date, though, and Riviere is still looking for his first Premier League goal.

It has been a disappointing campaign for all concerned at St James’ Park, but the French striker has vowed to fight to hit the back of the net soon.

“I’ve been here almost one year,” he said. “I understand (my role), and I fight to score my first goal. It’s difficult, but I keep fighting.”

Newcastle will be relying on Riviere to start finding form soon, as they are in need of a goalscorer as they look to avoid the drop.

The Magpies have had problems going forward all season – netting just 37 times in 36 top-flight fixtures - and that has been part of the reason why they have failed to win any of their last nine matches.

At the moment Newcastle are just two points above the relegation zone and will likely require one more win from their final two games before they can feel assured of their safety.

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