From what we saw Of Manu Riviere on Saturday he looks a decent player but what he really needs is his first Premier League goals to give him that confidence every striker needs.
Manu Riviere – can still come good
Manu likes playing with a partner up front and for the first time for a long time Carver played two strikers in a 4-4-2 formation.
Riviere turned 25 yesterday and he got the nod over 21 year-old Ayoze Perez who has had a great first season for us, and managed to hit the bar in the second half on Saturday after he had come on as a sub.
“I feel for him a little bit because he is waiting for that first league goal. He has been working extremely hard.”
“I thought it was an important time to get Perez out of it because he;s been one of our main strikers, he’s a young lad.”
“Ayoze is coming from a different culture. Riviere has worked hard, he has stayed with it, he has been great in training, so I thought it was time for an opportunity.”
“I got Papiss and Manu in the office and told them I was going to go with two strikers, and both their eyes lit up because they’ve both wanted someone to work with.”
“They both got a little bit of a lift from that. His physical stats from the amount of football he has had have been excellent.”
That’s good man management from John Carver.
And Manu has remained professional and positive this season after scoring 13 goals in 30 appearances for Monaco last season.
And of course it does take time for players to settle in England – just look at how difficult Angel Di Maria is finding it at the Red Devils.
Fab Coloccini and Kevin Nolan are two players who also found it difficult when they first arrived on Tyneside, but both went on to have good careers at the club and became the captain too.
We are certainly not writing off Emmanuel Riviere, and maybe he can get a birthday goal tonight for Newcastle – that would be great for both club and player.
For the record, Manu has played 20 times for Newcastle with two goals scored in the Capital One Cup.
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