Emmanuel Riviere did not have a good first season in the Premier League for Newcastle United, and in 28 appearances he scored only three goals and only one in the Premier League, and that was in the second last game of the season at QPR that put us 1-0 up at half time – but we collapsed in the second half and lost 2-1.
Manu Riviere – turns his world upside down
Yes – that was his first league goal – against QPR
As we’ve said before, one of the positive things about Emmanuel last season was he got into position and had the chances – but he just couldn’t put the ball away – and that affected his confidence.
It’s better to get in position and miss the chances, than not get into a scoring position at all – and he was unlucky at times.
And as we have realized this year, confidence is almost everything with players, and when they are down on their luck or their confidence – they don’t play well at all.
And it must be a lift for the French striker that Steve McClaren is now in as the new head coach at the club, and Steve’s an excellent man-manager.
One of McClaren’s jobs is to bring the 25 year-old through and instill some confidence in him, to get him playing well and scoring those goals for us.
Certainly Emmanuel seems a really good guy, as he had this to say today in the Shields Gazette:
“I do my best to help the team. I keep fighting for the team – I do my job.” “It’s very different role to France but I try hard. That is my job.”
“I have to be strong to keep the ball for the team.” “Now I understand that and I work for the team.”
Those are good words from Emmanuel.
Riviere will not be the first player to come good after having a first season to forget in England – and he just needs to be given a chance.
We have three first-team strikers at the club at the moment in Papiss Cisse, Ayoze Perez and Riviere, and if we can get two good strikers in this summer it looks like Papiss will be sold to recuperate some money.
But we first of all have to get those two good strikers in, and that may prove to be difficult such was the terrible season we had last term.
We haven’t given up on Riviere, and the good thing is that he hasn’t given up on himself either – he can still become a good player for us next season.