Emmanuel Riviere scored one Premier League goal for Newcastle United. It was hardly a classic either, ricocheting the wildest of attempts off his standing leg and into the back of the QPR net. The Magpies still lost 2-1. At £6 million, per the Daily Mail, history will surely consign the Frenchman to eternal damnation alongside Xisco and Albert Luque as one of the worst strikers ever to wear Newcastle colours.
And the fact that he could find himself back at St James’ at the end of the season is no testament to his renewed confidence or ability elsewhere. The simple fact is that Riviere has done absolutely nothing to convince his current employers, La Liga’s bottom scrapers Osasuna, to turn his season-long temporary deal into something more permanent.
The fact he’s started just three La Liga games and made four more appearances off the bench suggest something is not quite right. After all, an Osasuna side with just seven points and 13 goals, having sacked two managers already, cannot find any use for Newcastle’s forgotten flop. In those aforementioned seven appearances, he has managed ten shots and no goals.
It’s safe to say Newcastle can wave goodbye to any hopes they may have harboured about recouping that £6 million outlay. Even the Chinese and Qatari markets are a little too savvy than to touch Riviere with a bargepole of any length.
The question is, how on earth do Newcastle offload a man who can’t get a game in one of the worst La Liga sides in memory?