Emmanuel Riviere makes a pledge to Newcastle United fans

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The struggling Newcastle striker has vowed to fight on at St James' park.

Misfiring Newcastle United forward Emmanuel Riviere has pleged to 'keep fighting' for the Tyneside outfit and has promised that he now understands his role within the side better, according to the Shields Gazette.

Riviere's arrival at Newcastle last summer promised big things but the 25-year-old Frenchman endured a campaign to forget.

However, he is quoted as saying by the Gazette: "I do my best to help the team. I keep fighting for the team - I do my job.

"It’s very different (role to France) but I try hard. That is my job. I have to be strong to keep the ball for the team. Now I understand that and I work for the team."

 Premier League Big Chances MissedGoalsShots On TargetShots Off TargetAppearancesMinutes Played
Emmanuel Riviere 6 1 8 17 23 1,213

As Opta stats show, though, Riviere has a lot to do to prove himself at St James' Park - however much he has realised exactly what he is supposed to do for the Magpies.

In 1,213 disappointing Premier League minutes for Newcastle last term, Riviere missed six big chances and scored just one goal. In his 23 games, he hit the target only eight times.

Under new boss Steve McClaren, of course, the 25-year-old may be able to find a new lease of life. It seems unsurprising that the forward was confused about his initial role at the club under Alan Pardew and the absolutely hapless John Carver.

But the Newcastle man will need to do more. After such a disastrous first season at St James' Park, it's undeniably difficult to see Riviere bouncing back.

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