25-year-old Emmanuel Riviere has struggled to score goals this season, but with Papiss Cisse suspended for seven games, Ayoze Perez and Manu will get a chance up front, and maybe local lad Adam Armstrong will get a chance too.
Manu Riviere – we need to see more of this
John Carver took some time out in his press conference yesterday to defend Riviere, and this is what the interim coach said:
“Players in the past have taken a bit longer – Cabaye took a bit longer, Gouffran…A lot of players took some time to adapt.”
“Ask any Premier League manager and they’ll say the same thing. It’s a different demand. It demands more than anything else.”
“I will defend him, he’s one of my players. The one thing about Manu Riviere is he works his socks off. He keeps getting on the end of things, he keeps getting in the right areas and I’m telling you, before time it will come off.”
“Let’s judge him at the end of the season or in six months’ time. This is the first time he’s had a real run in the team, let’s not forget that.”
“He’s not played for the 90 minutes but he’s had a right good go at it. He’s got to convert the chances, I understand that, but let’s judge him in the future. I do think it takes guys time.”
“It’s difficult because of how young Ayo is. We paid a decent transfer fee for Riviere and he has that on his head.”
“Sometimes it can knock your confidence but I don’t think it has with him, he’s still worked extremely hard.”
John’s right that it takes time for players to adjust to the Premier League, and we’ve seen many cases of that in the past.
But with our top goalscorer now out, we have to find goals from somewhere so there will still be mounting pressure on Manu to deliver.
And confidence is everything in football, and especially with strikers, so once he gets that first Premier League goal, the Frenchman’s confidence will rise and he will feel a few pounds lighter – and we could see more goals from him.
That’s the hope.
We have to score goals to win games, so we need to find some goals soon from somebody.
That’s the bottom line.
What do you think?
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