Matt Ritchie – The Magic Man

Matt Ritchie has been Mr consistent this season for Newcastle United. He has certainly been a key man in Newcastle’s promotion push this season. Ritchie has scored 15 goals so far this season and is in fantastic form at the moment.

Matt Ritchie has experience in gaining promotion from the Championship with Bournemouth – During that season Ritchie also had a fantastic campaign. Make no mistake, Ritchie was not just a signing for this season, he performed well in the Premier League for Bournemouth, I am in no doubt he will be a key man for Newcastle in the Premier League next season.

When Newcastle have needed a player to change a game, Ritchie has stepped up and earned Newcastle valuable points this season. The recent home game against Burton Albion being a prime example of this. When the game was marred in controversy and Newcastle struggling to make a breakthrough, Ritchie was the one who stepped up and earned all three points for Newcastle. Many will look at Dwight Gayle and Jonjo Shelvey as being the most influential players for Newcastle, in my opinion Matt Ritchie is just as important. Not only has Ritchie provided his fair share of goals during the campaign, he has also weighed in with 7 assists.

At £12 million especially in today’s market, Ritchie was certainly value for money. When other Newcastle players have drifted in and out of games this season, Ritchie has put in consistently good performances over the course of the season. With Dwight Gayle out injured, Rafa Benitez will look to Ritchie once more to be the architect of success for the remainder of the season.

Newcastle fans love a player who gives absolutely everything on the pitch, Ritchie is one of them. Ritchie is one of the leaders on the pitch and in the dressing room, he loves playing for the club and under Benitez – It is showing in his performances this season. There will be plenty of new faces in the summer with the Premier League almost a certainty for Newcastle. Even with the host of new players, you would think Ritchie will be a mainstay of the Newcastle squad.

Ritchie will continue to thrive under Benitez’s stewardship, the future looks bright for both Ritchie and Newcastle for as long as Benitez is at the helm.

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