Old Trafford

Next Game

Man Utd v Newcastle

Friday, 26 December 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

St James' Park, Newcastle

Last Game

Newcastle 0 - 1 S'land

Sunday, 21 December 2014, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Riviere hails Rodriguez impact

Emmanuel Riviere insists he has learnt a lot from World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez as he looks to make his impact for Newcastle in the Premier League.

Last Updated: 24/07/14 at 12:01 Post Comment

Emmanuel Riviere: Looking to make his mark at Newcastle

Emmanuel Riviere: Looking to make his mark at Newcastle

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Riviere switched to St James’ Park from Monaco for £6million move and scored his first goal for the Magpies in their 4-0 friendly win over Sydney in Dunedin on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old played alongside Rodriguez at the Ligue 1 side and says he is a better player for the experience 

“It was a great experience for me to play alongside a player like that,” Riviere told The Sun about the Colombian, who has himself moved on to Real Madrid following his World Cup heroics.

“It was very nice to play with him because he is a brilliant No 10 - his passing is good and he is always looking to switch play.

“He is one of the best players in the world and I learnt a lot from him and developed a great deal.

“But now I have gone to expand my career with my new team and I want to work hard to improve.”

Riviere hopes to emulate the success enjoyed by his hero Thierry Henry in the English top flight.

Speaking of the Arsenal legend, he said: “Thierry is my hero. He is from the French West Indies, like me, I used to watch him all the time.

“There are aspects of my game that are a bit like his. I am a striker who is fast and strong and I can score goals – and I think my characteristics are good for the Premier League.

“But Thierry was a big striker and I will need to adapt quickly and work very hard to try and become like him.

“If I can achieve half of what he has achieved, I will be very happy.

“I feel like I have settled in well with Newcastle and I feel like I know everybody already.

“I really enjoyed my first game and it was a fantastic start for me - but the hard work really starts now.”

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

ow.. ten paragraphs on West Ham in winners sections.. wow.. Its really Christmas time!!!.. Forever blowing bubbles..

metal
Premier League Winners And Losers

A

couple of wins and everything is OK! Sorry you still haven't got a striker who can consistently goals. Keep searching. I don't think Liverpool will make top four not even Europa League this time around.

larrylawrence
Rodgers still targets top four

I

f he can find the right player? Surely the manager of one of Europe's top clubs has a well-researched short-list and has a good idea of who he wants to bring on-board? If I can find the right player sounds like someone going out on Saturday night on the pull, and the nearer you get to midnight the lower your standards drop.

CamberleyGooner
Wenger to buy centre-half

Footer 365

Premier League: Chelsea go three points clear of Man City with 2-0 victory at Stoke

Chelsea will be top of the Premier League table on Christmas Day after beating Stoke 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium.

Italian Super Cup: Napoli beat Juventus 6-5 in penalty shootout after 2-2 draw in Doha

Napoli goalkeeper Rafael was the hero as his side claimed a 6-5 victory on penalties over Juventus in the Italian Super Cup.

Sky Bet Championship: Sami Hyypia quits Brighton after six months in charge

Sami Hyypia has left Brighton after the club accepted his resignation as manager.

Mail Box

Becoming A Proper Fan Again In 2014

Man United fans can thank David Moyes for making them appreciate their club again. We also have mails on Liverpool, Newcastle, another Christmas XI and more...

Wenger Has Made Arsenal Mentally Weak

We have plenty of reaction to yesterday's result, with Mailers sick of Wenger, Mertesacker and Skrtel in particular. Plus why it's not yet time for 'Austin for England'...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property