Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren has suggested to The Chronicle that he rates Emmanuel Riviere.
Riviere joined Newcastle from AS Monaco in the summer of 2014, but he is largely a peripheral figure at the club at the moment.
The 25-year-old striker has yet to feature in the Premier League this campaign due to a knee injury he suffered in pre-season.
McClaren has suggested that the Frenchman is part of his plans for the second half of the season and told The Chronicle: “He’s had five months out and had a mini pre-season because of injury.
“We didn’t want to throw him in too early, but he’s been doing well in training. And I do like him, I like him a lot.”
Riviere scored one goal and created 15 chances in 23 Premier League appearances for Newcastle last season.
The Frenchman had a pass accuracy of 78% and a shot accuracy of 32%, and won 31 headers, eight dribbles and eight tackles.
Newcastle are third from bottom in the Premier League table at the moment with 21 points from 22 matches.
The Magpies are just a point behind 17th-placed Swansea City and are in real danger of getting relegated to the Championship at the end of the season.
McClaren’s side will take on Watford away from home at Vicarage Road in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.