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Emmanuel Riviere Minutes Per Goal Stats Throw Up Surprise Result

6 years ago
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Emmanuel Riviere has found it tough adjusting to both the higher level of the Premier League, as well as the often poor support from his new teammates.

Alan Pardew has hardly helped either, with his ‘tactics’ often meaning the French striker has been left isolated at the top of the pitch.

With no international call-ups for France and what on paper looks a less than outstanding goal pedigree, little wonder Riviere has found it tough as Newcastle’s main sighing to hopefully bring goals to Newcastle.

However, if you dig deeper into the stats while he was playing in France, the picture looks considerably brighter.

While Emmanuel Riviere has only once scored ten league goals in a season and his overall goals total isn’t great, the last two seasons in France show considerable promise when looked at properly.

When analysing Riviere’s last two years playing for Toulouse and Monaco, the number of substitute appearances make it hard to get a clear picture from the bare facts.

The forward played in 71 matches (all competitions) and scored 22 goals but those matches were split into 33 starts and 38 coming on as a sub.

If you look at how many minutes Emmanuel Riviere was on the pitch, it comes out at 3609 minutes, which then works out on average at 164 minutes for each of the 22 goals scored.

So basically over the last two years, the French striker has managed better than a goal for every two matches (180 minutes) worth he has been on the pitch.

While I don’t think he looks in any way the finished article and may indeed never be that, it does give us a bit of hope that possibly Alan Pardew’s tactics and lack of support for Emmanuel Riviere, may be more to blame for the lack of goals, rather than an absence of ability.

Speaking after breaking his goals duck against Crystal Palace, Emmanuel Riviere had this to say;

“I was waiting for that first goal to come and now that it is here, I know that more will follow, I want to play the next game and keep going like this.

“I am happy to get my first two goals, but I didn’t worry about not scoring because I have been playing well in training, but the goals just weren’t coming.”

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