Matt Ritchie was bought to Newcastle United in the summer of 2016 as Rafa Benitez prepared for our Championship campaign.
Attempting to rebuild the nucleus of the team, the Scotland international possessed all the characteristics required for a promotion charge from the Championship. Hunger, experience, and determination.
The winger was instrumental in our title winning season, and has since stepped up in crucial moments back in the Premier League.
The angry Scot has quite rightly earned a reputation for kicking corner flags, slapping teammates and being an all round ball of rage, but his influence on the team cannot be underlined enough.
Radiating an infectious work rate, Ritchie demands 110% from himself, and his teammates.
- Position: Right Midfielder (Left Midfielder, Left Back)
- Date of Birth: 10.09.1989
- Place of Birth: Gosport, England
- Preferred Foot: Left
- Height: 173cm / 5′ 7″
- Previous Clubs: Portsmouth (2008-2011), Swindon Town (2011-2013), Bournemouth (2013-2016)
- Newcastle United Transfer Date: 01.06.2016
- Newcastle United Transfer Fee: £10,800,000
- Squad Number: #11
- Social Media: N/A
Ritchie’s Best NUFC Moments
Newcastle United 1-0 Burton Albion
During our Championship clash with Burton, Matt Ritchie was denied a penalty due to Gayle encroaching the box. Instead of issuing a retake, referee Keith Stroud gave Burton a free kick. Ritchie still scored in the 68th minute to earn us an important win.
Newcastle United 1-0 Manchester United
Rightly remembered as Martin Dubravka’s debut for the club, the game against Manchester United in 2018 was decided by a brilliant Matt Ritchie strike. The win dragged us out of the relegation zone.
Newcastle United 2-1 Manchester City
With Manchester City travelling to St James’ Park in blistering form many feared the worst as the away team took the lead in the 1st minute. However, it turned out to be a famous night as Rondon and Ritchie scored to earn a memorable comeback.
Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle United
In a game which future Newcastle United players; Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson lined up for the Cherries, it was a Matt Ritchie strike that stole the limelight. Striking a brilliant volley in added time, we earned a valuable point.
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