Emmanuel Riviere – The Epitome of Everything Wrong with Newcastle’s Transfer Policy

Emmanuel Riviere – The Epitome of Everything Wrong with Newcastle’s Transfer Policy
Feb 21, 2016


Emmanuel Riviere was signed in the summer of 2015 from AS Monaco for a fee of six million pounds.

*Queue laughing Monaco fans*

It’s fair to say Riviere’s transfer has not gone according to plan. In his first season at St. James’ Park, the Frenchman only managed to score 1 goal in 23 Premier League appearances, as well as two against Crystal Palace in the Capital One Cup. His only Premier League goal came against already relegated QPR, and it was 100% a fluke (he kicked the ball off of his left leg and it looped over the ‘keeper).

In his last season with Monaco, Riviere scored 10 goals in 30 appearances.

What made Graham Carr think he could cut it in the Premier League? How did he expect a player who could only score 1 in 3 in Ligue 1 with James Rodriguez, Falcao, Berbatov and Joao Moutinho alongside him to score regularly for Newcastle United in the Premier League?

I can not see the logic behind the transfer – and trust me – I have tried very, very hard.

The logical thing to do with an unsuccessful player is to transfer him somewhere else, right? Well, it’s not quite that simple. The interest in French flops such as Riviere is minimal, and the only teams looking to sign players like him are struggling Ligue 1 sides.

They’re interested, so let them have him, right? Well, once again, it’s not that simple.

These clubs cannot afford to pay Riviere’s huge Premier League wages, and Riviere is very unlikely to move somewhere where his wages are not even half of what they are at Newcastle. Instead, Riviere will relax in the reserves and take his weekly paycheck with pleasure until his contract runs out.

Not a big deal, you can just release him, right?

For the third time, it’s not that simple!

When players sign for Newcastle, they sign lengthy five/six-year contracts, so they come with an insurance that they will be well paid for years to come, no matter how well they play. Mike Ashley will not want to pay compensation, so all the French flops (Riviere, Gouffran, Marveaux, Obertan, etc.) stay, taking up space, not allowing new players to arrive.

Graham Carr surely must shoulder the blame for all of this. Of the nine summer signings made in 2014, only two of them can be classed as ‘successful’ (Janmaat and Perez). Siem de Jong, Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere, and Facundo Ferreyra have all been flops. Ferreyra didn’t even make a single appearance! The other three – Lascelles, Darlow, and Colback – are still hard to judge (although Darlow’s performance to date doesn’t strike you with confidence).

Surely Newcastle and Carr will learn from their mistakes and start to sign Premier League proven players from now on after seeing how all these French guys panned out, right?

I’m starting to sound like a broken record – no, they won’t! This is Newcastle United, after all. What did you expect?

The next summer, they go and splash 12 million pounds on French winger Florian Thauvin.

He is now back at Marseille (the club he was bought from!) six months later.

Graham Carr is being allowed to waste all of the club’s money on players he ‘thinks’ will be successful. He has been living off of the Cabaye signing for years. He wasn’t even the one to discover Perez! It was Steve Nickson, the head of recruitment at Newcastle United.

Graham Carr MUST go – and take Newcastle’s transfer policy along with him.

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    Madridista02 says:

    I don’t think newcastle’s bad transfer policies matter at this point they are getting relegated anyway. But I do think the article was well written

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