Moussa Sissoko has claimed that once Emmanuel Riviere gets his first goal, he can go on and get 10 to 15 goals.

Presumably the United midfielder is referring to a hypothetical full season rather than the ten remaining matches of this one…

“We know with strikers it can be hard to score your first goal, after that he (Emmanuel Riviere) can maybe score 10 to 15 goals.

“But you have to score that first one first, he had the chance but didn’t score – I hope for him he will score in the next game.”

Sadly though, expecting any goals from the French striker is looking a bit of a stretch at the moment, as Sissoko says himself, he ‘hopes’ Roviere scores against Everton (if selected) but then as Newcastle fans we’ve seen countless players over the years who we hope will suddenly turn into something they are clearly not.

It isn’t Riviere’s fault, he just simply isn’t good enough.

Mike Ashley refused to allow money to be spent on a credible striker, even though knowing that our only out and out  forward, Papiss Cisse was going to be unavailable for the start of this season.

Whilst countless Premier League clubs invested heavily in the most important part of the team, Newcastle entrusted our ‘hopes’ to a journeyman striker who had already moved between three different French clubs.

Emmanuel Riviere is now 25 and in his eighth season of professional football, in that time he has only scored 40 league goals, all of which have come in the far weaker Ligue 1, failing to add to that total in 16 Premier League appearances so far.

Good luck to the lad and like the rest of you I ‘hope’ he suddenly starts smashing the ball into the back of the net and shows us ability that we haven’t seen so far.

Without Papiss Cisse we would be in a relegation fight this season and with his enforced spitting rest for what is likely to be the next seven matches, Emmanuel Riviere will surely get his chance.

Mike Ashley has just got away with it this season but if he refuses once again to buy a credible striker(s) then next season is already looking daunting.

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