Newcastle United have moved to bolster their forward line with a sixth signing of what’s proving a fruitful summer, landing 24-year-old Monaco man Emmanuel Riviere.
He hit 13 goals in 36 for the principality last term but, beyond the bare digits, what does he have to offer the Magpies’ 6/4 tilt at consecutive top-ten Premier League finishes?
Over to the French footballing experts of the Twittersphere…
Julien Laurens, a writer for Le Parisien, RTL, BT Sport and ESPN and the man widely credited with breaking the story of the Riviere deal is unsure on a number of grounds, not least his price.
It seems that, while the new boy should be able to cope with the bodily battles of the Premier League, his technique and application may let him down.
Laurens’ assertion that Newcastle have paid over the odds for Riviere is echoed by fellow ESPN scribe Jonathan Johnson, also highlighting his questionable knack for finding the net.
Gibney also suggests the new boy hasn’t been in the best of nick for some time.
At least Goal.com writer Robin Bairner thinks Newcastle weren’t fleeced, albeit due to the fact that he understands them to have paid a significantly lower fee for the forward’s services.