Emmanuel Riviere says he will fight on and make a success of his move to Newcastle United – as the Magpies work to strengthen their striking options.
Newcastle are looking to sign two strikers this summer and are interested in QPR’s Charlie Austin and Wolfsburg’s Bas Dost.
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 teamEMMANUEL RIVIERE
The future of 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 £5million 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.”
Rivere 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.