Newcastle are now in a relegation battle for the second time in two years, and one area we are very weak in is goal scoring, after we failed to bring in enough strikers last summer, and there’s news today that head coach John Carver may have to bring back French striker Emmanuel Riviere, although he is yet to score a Premier League goal this season.
Manu Riviere – after scoring at Crystal Palace
But with Papiss Cisse getting himself banned for seven games, and Newcastle not bringing in enough strikers last summer, Manu’s all we have available along with youngsters Ayoze Perez and Adam Armstrong.
Carver wants to play two strikers up front to try to get some goals, and we have only scored two goals in the last six games, and with our defense leaking goals far too easily, things do not look good at the moment.
The head coach had to admit after the loss to Tottenham, our sixth in a row, and seventh of the last eight games – that we are now in another relegation battle.
This is what John Carver has said:
“My job is to find a solution – to find a way of playing – where I can get maybe two strikers on the pitch,” “The only way you can win games is by scoring goals.”
So it looks like John could play in a 4-4-2 formation with Perez and Riviere up front, and it would be a good time for Manu to score his first Premier League goal – although he has two goals in the League Cup.
Siem de Jong is getting fit quickly after his collapsed lung in February and the surgery which followed that, but the best we can expect from the Dutchman is that he is on the bench on Saturday.
The defense must be a worry for Carver too, and the first two goals against Spurs last Sunday were preventable, with Tim Krul seemingly going through some poor form at the moment, and he should have done better with both goals.
Paul Dummett is getting fit from his knee injury, but Saturday could be too early for him and we expect Vurnon Anita to remain at left back.
Papiss Cisse still has two more games to serve in his seven match ban, and he will be available for the home game against West Ham on 9th May.
Papiss has been a huge loss for Newcastle.