Emmaunel Riviere is perhaps the player who more than most, underlines the disaster that was the failed Mike Ashley/Graham Carr transfer strategy.

Some 46 signings were made using the Carr/Ashley model before Rafa Benitez arrived, trying to cheat the system by always looking (almost always abroad) for players under a certain age who would/could increase in value.

Rather than buying for the here and now, massive gambles were taken with the club, which led to a number of close shaves with relegation before Ashley managed a second one only seven years after the previous one under his ownership.

Emmanuel Riviere was signed in summer 2014 as Newcastle were desperate for a striker, Loic Remy had scored the goals to keep Newcastle safe the previous season when on loan, but the club desperately needed a quality forward to make sure they’d have a decent 2014/15.

After refusing to pay the price tag on some promising strikers, including a then 23 year old Alexandre Lacazette, Newcastle somehow thought Emmanuel Riviere was the answer.

Only once in his career had the striker managed double figures in a league season and that was only 10 for Monaco in 2013/14.

In the three years since Newcastle paid £6m for Riviere, he has scored one league goal, and that was a total fluke as he hit the ball off his other boot to confuse the QPR keeper (in the three years since Newcastle signed Riviere, Lacazette has scored 91 goals for Lyon in all competitions, and being called up by France, before Asrenal paid around £46m for him this summer).

Newcastle only surviving on the last day of the 2014/15 season thanks to Jonas Gutierrez inspiring the team to a 2-0 win over West Ham on the final day.

After a 2015/16 season of few Newcastle United appearances and fewer goals (none), Emmanuel Riviere found himself on loan to Osasuna last (2016/17) season.

The club were relegated from La Liga with only 22 points and Emmanuel Riviere didn’t manage to score a single goal.

Now 27, there has been double good news on the Newcastle player if reports from France are true.

L’equipe report that Metz are interested in taking the forward back home to Ligue 1, the club were sixth lowest goalscorers in the French league.

Failing that, the French newspaper, and others, are saying that Riviere only has one year left on his contract.

When signed, Newcastle only stated that it was a ‘long-term contract’, but there was widespread coverage claiming that it was a massive six year deal Newcastle had given him, taking Emmanuel Riviere up to 2020.

So even if this Metz claim turns out to be a dead end, hopefully at the very most Riviere has only another 12 months left on the books of Newcastle United, with reports that it was ‘only’ a four year deal at Newcastle.

Rafa Benitez desperately needs to clear out so many of the poor signings made before his arrival (and one or two of his own…), in order to both create space in the squad for new players and create a bigger budget to buy them.



  • Peter Redding

    Has Lacazette left Arsenal for Liverpool !! ???

  • Fesy

    Lacazatte has gone to arsenal mate. Your reporting is just as bad as rivière’s shooting. Actually the MAG’s in general is just as bad if not worse. Doom and gloom site.

    • Guest 2

      One thing’s for sure – Lacazette wouldn’t have been worth 60 million euro now if he had come here under P45, Carver and then the Brolly man!

      • Phil K

        If I remember rightly, Lacazette DIDN’T WANT to come here.

  • Jezza

    Another dazzling Carr discovery.

  • HarryHype59

    Does any one if the reputed £6m fee paid for Riviere included his wages, or did the club actually 6m for him with wages on top. He has little, if any sell on value!

  • NUFCDan

    Come on now you can hardly call Graham Carr’s scouting a disaster. The real disaster was the clubs failure to spend money on identified targets – if I remember right the summer we signed this clown we were linked with Aubamayang, Lacazette, Gamiero and Dost, all were deemed too expensive.

    • mentalman

      i don’t think it was the fact they were too expensive i seem to remember we matched the offers of the clubs who bought them, they picked the other teams because they were all in the champions league.

      • Paul Busby

        Yeah that’s how I remember the situation. It was generally less about the money and more about the other options that were available to them.

    • Jimblag23

      And to be fair to Carr, Rivierre out scored other top strikers who were at Monoco in his final season, off the top of my head it was Falcao and James Rodriquez.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        And i don’t recall the Mag putting together an article suggesting Rivierre would not be the best buy, in fact, I recall contributors complaining that we were taking too long over the signing and it was down to Ashley being tight.

        • Phil K

          Listening to you lot, you’d think Rivierre has been a wonderful player – just that we haven’t appreciated his deft touches or goal avoidance

  • Gareth Marshall

    Why do we need 10 paragraphs of summarising before we get to the story. It’s so often the case.

    I know it’s a slow time of the year, but don’t just keep rewriting crab for the sake of it please.

    We are fans of the club remember, so we don’t need to be told every aspect about a player who plays for us.

    • MadMag83

      It’s like an American true crime show, where they keep telling you the same thing over and over, so about 15 minutes of actual information is made to last an hour.

  • MadMag83

    “Metz were the sixth lowest goalscorers in Ligue 1”.

    And they think Riviere is the answer?! Doomed comes to mind.

  • Franzcarrsuperstar

    A truly shocking player. Not sure what anyone could have actually seen that would have attracted them to buy him in the first place. Needs a new start back in France.

    The fact that we were willing to spend 6m three years ago on this guy, but want to quibble over 10 million or whatever now for a class young player like Jacob Murphy is mental.

  • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

    With a hairstyle like that he needed to go!

  • Steve Pearce

    With hair like that he must have spent his time getting his back door burst in down the Pink Triangle – that’s why he was shyte at football!