Newcastle United's latest transfer business will certainly have the ever-passionate Toon Army licking their lips with anticipation.
The signing of Emmanuel Riviere on a 'long-term contract' has finally answered the Geordie's wish for an out-and-out frontman that can score goals for fun.
Martinique-born Riviere joined Monaco from Toulouse in January 2013 and helped the club win the Ligue 2 title in his first few months and scored 13 goals in 36 games for the club last season. Throw in the fact he only started 19 games, and the figures look even more impressive.
With Papiss Cisse the only other senior striker on the books at St. James' Park, after the departures of the loan signing Loic Rémy and the out-of-contract Shola Ameobi, it seems Riviere will be spearhead Newcastle's attack this season.
“This is an important signing because the striking area is one we really had to improve,” Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager, told the club’s website.
“We have looked at Emmanuel for a while and we know he will score goals for us.”
Depending on his manager’s boldness, a central role for fellow new boy Siem De Jong, backed up by the security of two holding midfielders, could provide the perfect ammunition. With Remy Cabella’s trickery and flair offsetting Riviere’s physical approach, the goals could flow for whoever fills the 'No.9' role once next season gets under way.
"I'm very happy to be here at Newcastle," Riviere told Newcastle’s website.
"When the club spoke to me I said yes immediately. It was an easy decision because Newcastle is a big club with great fans and a good stadium.
"My dream was always to play in the Premier League and Newcastle have given me the opportunity to realise that."
Wherever Riviere plays in the Newcastle XI this season, he is sure to prove that he is a natural-born goalscorer. With his pace and strength, he is sure to skip past defenders at ease and bag a number of goals this season.
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