Newcastle beat both West Brom and Stoke City to the signing of 24 year-old Monaco striker Emmanuel Riviere last night, and the lad is simply delighted to have signed on at such a big club with a great history, and when he heard Newcastle were interested in him he told his representatives that’s the club he wanted to join.
Emmanuel Riviere – 24 year-old Newcastle striker
The 24 year-old is 6 ft tall but he’s not (yet) a prolific goalscorer – and while at Toulouse for two seasons until he moved to Monaco 18 months ago for around £3M, he scored 10 goals in 47 appearances – and since he’s been at Monaco he’s scored 17 goals in 50 appearances.
He started his senior career at St Etienne back in 2009 and while there he played 85 games with 19 goals before he moved to Toulouse in 2011.
He was born in Martinique in 1990 and started playing for local side Espoir Sainte-Luce in the commune of Sainte-Luce until the player finally signed for St. Etienne in 2005, and initially played in the Youth sides before making his senior debut in 2009.
Emmanuel has played for all the French Youth sides from U16 through U21 and he played 15 times with 6 goals for the U21 side from 2010 – 2013.
And while Riviere usually plays up front as a striker he can also play on either wing – so he should be a very useful player for Newcastle.
After signing Emmanuel has this to say last night:
“I’m very happy to be here at Newcastle. When the club spoke to me I said yes immediately. It was an easy decision because Newcastle is a big club with great fans and a good stadium.”
So this lad has a good pedigree – but the main thing he is not yet the finished article and he can improve big time while at Newcastle – and we hope that’s exactly what happens. 😀
What do you think?
Written while on vacation in Heathrow, England.
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