EMMANUEL Riviere is up and running for Newcastle United – and the natural born finisher will take some stopping.
That’s the verdict of manager Alan Pardew ahead of tonight’s game against Sheffield Wednesday.
Striker Riviere joined Newcastle in a £5m deal earlier this month.
And the 24-year-old, signed from Monaco, opened his Newcastle account on his debut against Sydney FC in New Zealand last week.
United’s players returned to England this week ahead of the club’s fourth pre-season friendly.
Pardew, mindful that his players only returned to England on Monday from New Zealand, will freshen up his starting XI.
A number of first-team players will be left behind on Tyneside to rest ahead of the weekend’s fixtures in Germany against Malaga and Schalke 04.
However, Riviere, one of six summer signings, could feature against the Championship club.
“It’s very important for strikers to get an early goal,” Pardew said.
“Riviere is a natural striker, so for him to get off the mark straight away was good for his confidence.
“It was good for us and good for him.”
Pardew – who is likely to give former Tenerife forward Ayoze Perez another run-out at Hillsborough – is keen to see another senior striker arrive at St James’s Park this summer.
Queens Park Rangers’s Loic Remy – who spent last season on loan at United – remains a target.
The 27-year’s proposed move to Liverpool broke down over the weekend amid claims there was an issue with his medical.
However, Newcastle cannot offer ambitious Remy Champions League football – or the kind of wages he would have picked up at Anfield.
And the odds are seemingly stacked against him returning to Tyneside – either on loan or a on a permanent deal.
Meanwhile, United’s Under-21s will play Spennymoor Town at Brewery Field in a friendly on August 13 (7.30pm). Admission to the game will be £4 for adults and £2 for concessions.