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More Pressure On Newcastle To Sign Striker

8:32 am, Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 30 Comments

The news this morning is that Emmanuel Riviere will potentially need an operation on his injured knee, after the Frenchman has had a reaction to training.

No decision has been made yet, but it does mean we will be short of a striker and seems to put more pressure on Newcastle to bring in another new striker before September 1st.

emmanuel riviere open day

Manu Riviere training during last weeks open day

The former Monaco striker picked up the injury on the US tour lat month, but when he was training last week at the open day at St. James’ Park, it seemed he had overcome the injury.

But it has been painful after training, and there is an assessment to be made as to whether he needs surgery to correct the problem.

This is what Steve McClaren has said today in the Chronicle:

“I think Manu Riviere’s knee was painful after training.” “So he might have to have surgery.” “We are investigating that.”

“Dummy will train this week and Remy Cabella too.” “The staff have done a great job.” “I would really highlight that in terms of preparation.”

“We said we wanted a really big squad and want everyone to pick from, so we have a real headache.”

“The staff and the players have done that in terms of their preparation.”

Newcastle currently have Cisse, Mitrovic, Perez and Riviere as out-and-out strikers, probably in that order at the moment, and we assume if Newcastle bring in Charlie Austin or Diego Rolan,  then we can presumably let Papiss Cisse leave.

But depending on whether Riviere needs the surgery and how long he will be out for, will decide whether Papiss Cisse can be allowed to leave this month – even if we bring in another top striker.

Given what Steve has said about Newcastle wanting a bigger squad this year,  Papiss would probably be left in the squad and not sold if Riviere has surgery – even if we bring in a new striker.

Well at least not until January, when a decision could be made given our situation in the league and cups, and also with the injury situation at that time.

Newcastle must cut down on the injuries this season and have players available, especially when we will try to do well in both the League Cup and the FA Cup this season – in addition to the tough Premier League.

So far the good news is that we have not had too many injuries and Paul Dummett and Remy Cabella are back in training, which is good news but they will not be ready for Swansea on Saturday.

Not having injuries allowed us to have a really strong bench for the game against Southampton on Sunday, with Karl Darlow, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Siem de Jong, Rolando Aarons, Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic all being available.

So even with the Riviere potential problem, Newcastle have so far done a lot better with injuries this season – fingers crossed.

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Tags: Emmanuel Riviere · Health · Injuries · Newcastle News · Paul Dummett · Remy Cabella

30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toonfan8 // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Ed we also have Ayoze, he is better then Riviere…

  • 2 Ian Toon // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    With a new coach it’s far to soon to write off Obertan. Macca has made much of utilising space. Our second goal came from a corner that we cleared, Obertan used his pace to exploit the space the Saints had left behind them which they couldn’t defend against a player running at the box to head the ball into goal. The problems are in Obertan’s head and we need to give Macca time to change his mindset.
    He does need to do much more but let’s give him some time before we write him off.

  • 3 the broons // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    centre back nuff said

  • 4 Rotonda heights // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:43 AM


    cisse, perez and cisse are enough for now. rivi was hardly going to feature anyway. Willems and another CB,ie swap Dunk for Willo and 4M and the feel good factor will continue.

  • 5 Slank // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    I’m taking a shine to McClaren. It’s small things that I have noticed.

    On Sunday he looked like a manager properly dressed (although not as debonair as Chancel !) unlike Carver in his shell suit.

    I also like how he often refers to his players by their nicknames. I presume that ‘Dummy’ is Dummitt although it could easily be Saylor for different reasons !

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Gouffran is better than Riverie, Gomis was in the BBC team of the week, Gomis will leave Swansea for free after a few years and a few goals. Riverie will leave for free in a good few years without the goals.

  • 7 Liono // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    I too think we need another centre back, but lets face it we all know by now that Colo – Mbemba partnership will stand for the season barring injury.

    Colo is the captain so whoever we sign is he really going to be dropped? Im hoping Lascelles comes good but i think someone like Caulker would have been the type of signing who would wait in the wings til one of colo-mbemba got injured.

    Cant see that kind of signing happening now though.

  • 8 Wayayman // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    For what it’s worth, Ayoze in not a striker. He’s an attacking MF.

    Also, Cisse isn’t the player we want to start every week as his contribution to team play is poor. His first touch is shocking most of the time and his link up play is non existant. He is a goal scorer though, but the sort who could easily sky a shot or belt it in the top corner. No consistency at all in his play, was woeful on Sunday apart from his goal – which anyone really could have scored- and that chip over the top for obertan was one of those Cisse moments where it could easily have gone out for a throw.
    What I’m trying to say is that there’s no finesse to him, and in all honesty I think he’ll struggle to get a game in a few weeks time.

  • 9 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    You say Obertan was useless apart from his cross for the goal. Were you at the game or did you watch on a livestream?

  • 10 Toonfan8 // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    we wont get another CB there is S.Taylor, Lascelles, Williamson + injured C.Good and Dummet who is capable of playing CB….so we need get rid of Williamson and loan Good before bringing one…

  • 11 Goldmbemba // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Not too upset about Riviere. as much as we want all toon players to succeed, you have to say its not a critical injury for the team.

    i really hope perez doesnt get shoved down the pecking order. can see him and Mitro causing havoc, the perfect partnetship.

  • 12 firebug666 // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    I really don’t worry too much about Riviere, if Mitrovic starts banging in the goal, then Riviere will become a distant memory.

    Unless he gains a place on the left of a front three, I’m not sure we will see much of him.

    The squad has to be culled yet to make some room for any potential new signings, I think Obertan should be on that culled list along with Williamson and sick note Taylor.

    In the end we need quality over quantity.

  • 13 Toonfan8 // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Cisse´s first touch is terrible, but we will see Mitrovic in the starting line up come september…Cisse,Riviere and Ayoze can play in striker position, its not his natural, but he can play there, he showed that last season when our midfield doesnt support him, now with this kind of support, he can be only better…priority must be CB, cover RB and cover DM, because Tiote looks rusty and not ready for 2-3 seasons now

  • 14 expatmag // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:54 AM


    Probably on livestream like you.

  • 15 WWSBRD // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Willems has been heavily scouted by Man City and Real Madrid etc not sure we are going to be competing with them realistically

    Also don’t see us getting another CB, reckon if we are still in the market it’ll be a winger and a striker at best

  • 16 firebug666 // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Blackley and Brownlie

    What difference does it make if you watch it on live stream or at the game?

  • 17 beermonkey // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:57 AM


    on his soap box again I am a better fan than you
    my god your worse than toonbrother and his colo rants

  • 18 Yorkshire Magpie // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    we will not sign another CB this window will people just get over it!

  • 19 voodoo85 // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Would keep Cisse especially if new striker is from another league – letting Cisse go would mean the only striker we have with any prem experience would be Perez and some people don’t even see him as a ST

    As for defence – as Liono said, Colo is captain so will be in first 11 so any new CB would only displace Mbemba which makes no sense.

    Obviously we could bring in better back up to improve the squad as a suspension or injury can leave us with Saylor/Williamson/Lascelles which isn’t good enough (Lascelles – yet)

    Wouldn’t mind our LB position being improved on as not sold on Haidara as first choice yet

  • 20 WWSBRD // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    But what if Mitrovic doesn’t start banging in the goals? Atm we only have him and Cisse as goal scorers and Cisse has an ongoing knee injury

  • 21 Wayayman // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Blacklie, I was at the game and Obertan wasn’t ‘useless’ he was just ineffective apart form that amazing cross and one shot when he took on his man on the left. He looks like he’s got little confidence in his ability and he can’t beat a man unless the ball is played in front of him. Give him the ball at his feet and he lacks the guile and creativity to take a man on. Hiadara was passing to him trying to get one-two’s going but Obertan held on to the ball each time, often resulting in Hiadara being out of position when he was caught in possession time and time again.
    It stops the flow of play, idiots behind me at the match were shouting dogs abuse at the team whenever we got the ball so far forward then decided to play a sideways/ backwards pass rather than hopefully punting into the box. For me, that was a very positive sign though and shows how our entire philosophy has changed. Patient build up, start again if the opportunity isn’t there and keep the ball. Nothing tires out the opposition more. Anita was integral in that as he grew up playing that way as has Gini and SDJ who could be the missing link for us once he and Mitro get game fit.

  • 22 voodoo85 // Aug 11, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    firebug @ 15

    Some people would argue (and i agree) that you can see more at the match live rather than on TV

    On tv you only see where the camera is pointing but in the stadium, you see players away from the action making good runs or tracking back well on the opposite side of pitch from the action

    In stadium, you also see players helping out each other or giving instructions, organising things at corners that you dont see when the camera man is only pointing towards corner taker etc

    just my opinion though

  • 23 firebug666 // Aug 11, 2015 at 9:02 AM


    Well that’s what the “if” is about; If he bangs them in this season the likelihood is Riviere will become redundant this season, especially with Cisse and Perez ahead of him.

  • 24 WWSBRD // Aug 11, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    If he doesn’t though we are back to Perez up top so Rivi would be one more important to the team, for me club should be signing another real striker

  • 25 firebug666 // Aug 11, 2015 at 9:06 AM


    But then on TV you have the bonus of instant replay, and slow motion to give you a better idea of what just happened.

    Each has pro’s and cons mate, I was more interested in why Blackley and Brownlie (I’m a better fan than you) wanted to bring it up in the first place.

  • 26 voodoo85 // Aug 11, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    firebug @24

    Good point, as you say – pros and cons.

  • 27 lesh // Aug 11, 2015 at 9:08 AM


    Being at a game, one sees the big picture, all players and their movement on and off the ball whereas seeing it on TV…..

  • 28 firebug666 // Aug 11, 2015 at 9:08 AM


    I absolutely agree mate, I’ve said all along we need another striker, as have most on here.

    I do think Mitrovic will become the main striker, and score a fair few this season.

  • 29 firebug666 // Aug 11, 2015 at 9:13 AM


    I’m not disagreeing mate, but as I said, TV has it’s benefits too. We get to see things you may not see.

    For example if you are sitting high up behind the manager you cannot see his face or a reaction he may make, I’m not saying either is better or worse, for the record I use to go to all the home games, but disability and distance make it nigh impossible for me now.

    TV has different advantages to being at the game.

  • 30 John Tudor // Aug 11, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    soton did that effectively wayayman

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