Chris Sutton says it's ridiculous that Emmanuel Riviere is playing for Newcastle United

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Emmanuel Riviere has still scored just one Premier League goal for Newcastle United so far.

Chris Sutton has told BBC Radio Five Live programme The Monday Night Club that Steve McClaren’s decision to play Emamnuel Riviere against Bournemouth was ridiculous.

Riviere has scored just one Premier League goal since joining in the summer of 2014, and he has only just returned from injury.

However, McClaren showed great faith in the Frenchman last weekend, when he put him in the starting line-up.

The decision backfired, as Riviere put in a terrible performance and was substituted at half-time, with Newcastle trailing.

And Sutton said: “He got his team selection wrong at the weekend, playing Riviere was ridiculous.

“I think Newcastle have underachieved. They are in disarray. They need an organiser, and someone who can come in a structure them and make them hard to beat.”

Newcastle’s performance did not improve much after Riviere was withdrawn, as they collapsed to a 3-1 defeat.

McClaren’s decision to start Riviere came as a result of Newcastle’s struggles to score this season, but it was still a very strange one.

McClaren also brought Riviere on when Newcastle were chasing a goal against Stoke City last week, and his introduction was booed in that match.

After the defeat to Bournemouth, McClaren’s position at Newcastle has come under serious threat, with his future now up in the air.

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