Emmanuel Riviere says he’ll fight on and make a success of his move to Newcastle United – as the club works to strengthen its striking options.
Newcastle are looking to sign two strikers this summer. But the club, interested in Queens Park Rangers’s Charlie Austin and Wolfsburg’s Bas Dost, is yet to make a transfer breakthrough.
I keep fighting for the team – I do my job.
The future of No9 Papiss Demba Cisse, last season’s leading scorer, looks to be away from St James’s Park.
And striker Riviere – who scored three goals in a challenging first season on Tyneside – feels he will be able to make a bigger contribution next term.
The 25-year-old, signed from Monaco for £5m last summer, believes he has now adapted to the pace and power of Premier League football as well as the the job of holding the ball up.
“I do my best to help the team,” said Riviere. “I keep fighting for the team – I do my job.
“It’s very different (role to France), but I try hard. That is my job. I have to be strong to keep the ball for the team.
“Now I understand that and I work for the team.”
Riviere netted twice in Newcastle’s 3-2 Capital One Cup win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park early in the season.
But the former France Under-21 international found himself in and out for the starting XI for much of the campaign, and he only opened his Premier League account on the penultimate weekend of the season.
Riviere opened the scoring against Queens Park Rangers, but relegation-threatened United went on to lose 2-1 at Loftus Road.
Newcastle, however, secured their Premier League status on the final day of the season.