Riviere, 25, arrived at St. James' Park with a big reputation in France, having hit 13 goals for Monaco in the 2013/14 season - making many believe that he could be the regular goalscorer Newcastle needed in attack.
The Frenchman has now become something of a forgotten man on Tyneside, but the misfit could be offered another chance to impress by new manager McClaren.
The Chronicle believe that McClaren wants to give Riviere every chance to shine this summer as he forms his own opinion on the squad at his disposal.
This comes despite the Daily Mirror reporting that Newcastle are closing in on a £12m deal to sign Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, in a move which would push Riviere further down the pecking order.
Does Riviere deserve another chance?
It's fair to say that Riviere's displays during his first season in English football were disappointing, but McClaren is right to make his own mind up on the player.
With a decent scoring record in French football, Riviere may just need time to adjust to life in English football - as many foreign players do when they make the move over to Britain.
However, expecting him to score goals on a regular basis next term may be a step too far, and if the Magpies can land Mitrovic in the coming days, Riviere may end up being a bit-part player after all.