If you’d said at the beginning of the transfer window that we would be welcoming our 6th new addition to Newcastle United by mid-July, it’s fair to say that you would be getting a few funny looks.
Being a club recently associated with selling its top players without any decent replacement (or any replacement at all), it has come as a pleasant surprise to hear of all these new signings.
But it does not bear thinking about how we would have performed next season without any new faces coming through the door!
Emmanuel Riviere has become our 6th signing of this busy transfer window (or 5th depending on when the Daryl Janmaat deal was actually completed).
Fans have been desperate for another striker since it became clear that Loic Remy had no interest in continuing his spell at St James’.
The long-serving ‘Mackem Slayer’ Shola Ameobi has departed leaving the forward department dangerously empty. Surely even more pressure would be piled on Papiss Cisse, who has really struggled since the departure of Demba Ba and has never been able to build on his immensely impressive start as a Newcastle player
Riviere comes from Ligue 1 side Monaco having scored 13 times for them last season including one hatrick. Apparently he has not expressed his goal tally target for the upcoming season in an exact figure, but has been quoted as saying he hopes to score at least as many as he did for his former club in 2013/14.
13 goals in his first Premier League season would certainly be a big help, especially if Cisse manages to get back to his old ways.