In last night’s game at Craven Cottage Newcastle came back in the second half after most of the players woke up from the first half sleep-walk – and although we created some chances – Mat Ritchie and Rolando Aarons probably missed the best two – we just couldn’t score and ended up losing 1-0.
Newcastle’s first shot on target came after a full 54 minutes when Matt should have done better than shoot straight at the goalkeeper – so shooting and scoring goals is an area Rafa Benitez will be working on next week in training.
So maybe giving forgotten striker Manu Riviere a run-out before the end of August could be an option for Rafa Benitez?
Manu Riviere scores a penalty against Crystal Palace – September, 2014
But it doesn’t seem the French striker signed for £6M two years ago from Monaco is in Rafa’s plans and he doesn’t have a future at Newcastle.
So it’s good to know that at least two big clubs seem to be interested in taking the failed Newcastle striker.
France Football is reporting that both Greek powerhouse Olympiacos and German League club Hamburg have inquired about the 26 year-old striker and we’re sure there has to be at least a couple of clubs back in France interested in the former French U-21 striker.
Riviere is available for transfer, but if we cannot do that this month then the main thing is to get his wages off the wage bill.
A loan deal would therefore be an option and with an obligation to buy would be a good deal for Newcastle.
That’s the type of deal we have done with Marseille last summer for Remy Cabella and yesterday for Florian Thauvin and 18 months ago for Davide Santon, when he was shipped out of the club by John Carver.
A loan fee is agreed and then when the player make a stated number of first team appearances for the loan club the permanent transfer is triggered for the transfer fee in the loan contract.
Other players expected to still leave the club in the next three weeks include Moussa Sissoko, who unfortunately has been interviewed in France again today, Cheick Tiote and maybe Yoan Gouffran.
Rafa Benitez is expected to be signing at least one striker and one winger before the end of August.