MANU Riviere ‘isn’t ready’ to carry the weight of Newcastle’s goalscoring burden, admits manager Alan Pardew.
But the Toon boss is hoping the Frenchman can learn from returning striker Papiss Demba Cisse.
Cisse had been pressed back into action a week early given shot-shy United’s shortcomings up front, and bagged two goals after replacing Riviere against Hull City to earn the Magpies an unlikely point.
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“Cisse shouldn’t have played. Our medical staff didn’t agree he should be included. He trained for five days, but our eyes tell when is player is fresh, bright.
“He’s not ready for 90 minutes, but he knows how to carry the jersey.
“Manu (Emmanuel Riviere) has had to carry that shirt, and he’s not ready yet. That’s why I felt sorry for him.
“That No9 shirt is heavy, and it’s great that he’s seen the example of Papiss.
“Manu will learn from that and there is now an opportunity to rest him and for him to understand what it means to play at a big club like this.”