Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa may be leaving Newcastle with on loan or on a permanent basis before September rolls around, but we’d be happy enough if stayed for the season, since he may still need some time to get used to the Premier League.
Riviere with Pardew when he signed on at Newcastle
However the likelihood is that he will be leaving us – and Mapou knows all about news signing Emanuel Riviere, who he’s played with in the French Youth sides, and against him when Mapou captained Montpellier.
Newcastle have so far signed two players from Holland – Siem de Jong and Daryl Janmaat – two players from France in Remy Cabella and Emmanuel Riviere, one player from Spain in Ayoze Perez and one player from England – local lad Jack Colback, who was a free agent from Sunderland.
And all have played well so far in pre-season.
Emmanuel Riviere is a powerful player with lots of pace and his style should be (very) well suited to England.
This is what Yanga-Mbiwa has said on the Newcastle website about our new 24 year-old striker:
“The Club did well to get Manu,” “He has looked good so far and will get more confidence the longer he is here.”
“I have played against him a lot of times in France and also in the national team at youth level.”
“I don’t like playing against him! He is strong, has good movement, likes to run at defenders and scores goals – it is very hard for defenders against him.”
“I’m happy to be on his team now, so I don’t have to play against him!”
Riviere will have an excellent chance to show what he can do when the season starts on Sunday, August 17th against reigning Premier league Champions Manchester City, since it’s likely that Papiss Cisse will miss the first few games.
Papiss fractured his knee-cap and is till recovering from that injury wand will likely miss the first few games of the season.
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