The Frenchman has endured a torrid season in front of goal but what does his future hold at Newcastle United?
When Emmanuel Riviere swapped the principality of Monaco for St James’ Park in 2014, it seemed that Alan Pardew had worked out the answer to Newcastle United’s striking conundrum. The previous season’s top scorer, Loic Remy, had departed upon the expiration of his loan and the 24-year-old arrived on Tyneside with 17 goals in 50 games for the Ligue 1 giants.
“This is an important signing because the striking area is one we really had to improve,” Alan Pardew said of the man who helped Monaco finish second in Ligue 1 despite losing Radamel Falcao midway through the season to a horrific knee injury, The Guardian reports.
“We have looked at Emmanuel for a while and we know he will score goals for us.”
How wrong he was. Indeed, Riviere did not score goals for Newcastle United. Not many anyway. It took nine months for the Frenchman to open his league account in England, smashing a shot of his standing leg and sending it ricocheting into the net against QPR.
In fact, it’s now 22 months since the 27-year-old last hit the back of the net and Newcastle are facing up to the prospect of trying to find someone, somewhere, willing to take the ‘striker’ off their hands in the summer.
“We know he will score goals.” This time, Pardew’s bullish self-confidence came back to bite him.