Newcastle United should have sold Emmanuel Riviere in summer transfer window

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Emmanuel Riviere has struggled for goals at Newcastle United since his move in the summer of 2014.

Emmanuel Riviere may have played for Newcastle United for only one season, but he should have been sold by the Premier League club in the summer transfer window.

The striker joined the Magpies from Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco in the summer of 2014 amid high expectations, but he has struggled to make an impact so far.

The 25-year-old could score just one goal and managed to create only 15 chances in 23 Premier League appearances for Newcastle last season.

Riviere had a pass accuracy of 78% and a shot accuracy of 32%, and he won 31 headers, eight dribbles and eight tackles.

The former Toulouse player is suffering with a knee injury at the moment and has yet to make an appearance for the Magpies this season.

Perhaps that is the main reason why Newcastle had to retain the services of Riviere for the 2015-16 campaign, but it is clear that Riviere does not have a long-term future at St. James’ Park.

As things stand, Riviere is Newcastle’s fourth-choice striker behind summer signing Aleksandar Mitrovic, Papiss Cisse and Ayoze Perez.

When the Frenchman recovers, how many games will he play? Will Riviere be even in contention to start cup matches for Newcastle?

While Riviere can also operate on the wings, Newcastle do have players in those positions.

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