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Experienced Newcastle Striker Now In Demand

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 score penalty palace

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.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 6, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Jeez i know we were bad last season but by the time we are finished we will have bought a whole new team practically, 11 players. If rafa gets any if these wrong we will struggle to be top two. But his defensive philosophy demonstrated last nite is what wud concern me most. Two defensive midfielders and a defensive right winger? Are fulham worth that much respect?

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 6, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Scousers 4 barca nil. Bloody hell the top of the football world is leaving us far behind.

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 6, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Shite game last night.

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Aug 6, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Missing Mitro badly….and so ooh many have moaned about him.

    No clue.

    Need a LB badly, who can run and cross and doesn’t have two left feet.
    Need a CAM
    Need a fast creative winger.
    Need a CM that is not Comeback and Anita.

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Aug 6, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #5

    Munster Mag

    same Liverpool we beat with Cabaye, HBA and BA.

    Thats what you get when you fire HBA, sell the core of the team and buy duds. To me we signed one good player Ritchie. So far. The rest look like league 3 level.

    Don’t know what to say. I am afraid this is not the first nor last game where we are going to get bored with out crap play.

  • Bobbybee

    Aug 6, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #6

    The high confidence displayed before last night wasn’t just from Newcastle fans. Virtually every pundit in the country expect us to win the league and the bookies had us odds on before a ball was kicked. Every pundit remains solid that we will still win it and the bookies ain’t shifting.
    Last night was a shocker, but the response on here was embarrassing. One bad game and there was talk of relegation. That won’t be the only game we’ll lose this season. We have a truly great manager who was clearly furious last night because the team let him down badly. The team he selected should have been enough to win the game, but too many long balls took the midfield out of the game and when they got the ball, the failed to find the strikers. Perez looked like he’d never played the game at times which didn’t help. Granted, it was rubbish, but does anybody seriously expect Rafa to take that calmly? He’s known for his ruthless streak and nobody’s position is guaranteed for Saturday. The difference between on here and Saturday is that 50k geordies will be behind the team, regardless of last night’s dismal affair. You don’t give up after one crap game, you get behind the team and lift them back up. We’re all in this together remember. Nice post earlier from LR32, showing how the champions don’t always get off to a flier. We will get another striker because Rafa will ensure it. We will get another creative winger as well. 2 or 3 still to come in remember. Just have some faith in the best manager we could hope to get. Fortunately the fans on Saturday will remind him why he stayed when he could have gone elsewhere. Two home games coming up, after which we will be in the top ten with more confidence flowing. We have no divine right to win and it will be a tough season, but it will finish on a happy note.

  • lesh

    Aug 6, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #7


    Rafa out? C’mon man you can do better than post that rubbish!

  • Sav

    Aug 7, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #8

    I wouldn’t care if we did get relegated as long as I didn’t have to see Macca’s gormless smirking mug after every match.


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