Riviere, who has been on the books of Newcastle since 2014, has been a fringe player for the Magpies so far this season.
It came as a massive surprise when the 26-year-old French striker was named in the Magpies’ starting lineup for the Premier League game against Bournemouth at home on Saturday afternoon.
The former France Under-21 striker did not last for the entire 90 minutes, as he was taken off by McClaren at half time.
During his time on the pitch at St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon, Riviere took one shot, had a pass accuracy of 92%, created one chance, put in one cross, and made one block.
Newcastle fans have taken to Twitter to vent their frustrations at McClaren’s decision to start Riviere against Bournemouth.
Below are some of the best comments:
#nufc once again paralysed by indecision and fear of change. Which aspiring manager would work in the structure that throws rivière at them?— Lee Shearer (@Popadomsanddips) March 6, 2016
Yesterdays selection of Riviere up top as lone striker over Mitro was baffling. Only played 3 games this season. Time to go shteve. #nufc— Kevin Groome (@Kevin_Groome) March 6, 2016
#NUFC 19 hours on, I am still wondering what on earth possessed Steve McClaren to start Rivière up front... Totally baffling.— Peter Wood (@gallowgate_pete) March 6, 2016
Increasingly convinced that McClaren picks his team by flipping a coin. No one in their right mind would start Gouffran or Rivierè. #NUFC— Mark Ooi (@MarkOoiZW) March 6, 2016
Why did we sign Doumbia? How is Riviere selected ahead of him? #nufc— Michael Martin (@tfeditor1892) March 6, 2016