Matt Ritchie Gives Out Warning To Newcastle

Matt Ritchie was delighted to become a Newcastle United player yesterday and it seems that once Rafa Benitez knew there was a decent chance that Andros Townsend would be leaving the club, he quickened up the move for Matt so that he was signed before Andros left for Crystal Palace.

Both deals were announced yesterday in a very busy day for the Magpies being also the first day of pre-season training.

Palace still seems a strange choice for the former Tottenham winger, although it is a return for him back to London.

matt ritchie with Rafa benitez

Matt Ritchie yesterday with Rafa Benitez

The signing of Ritchie and also that of Palace striker Dwight Gayle were major coups for Rafa Benitez, with both players more than willing to step down a division to play for Rafa and join a massive club that is now starting to wake up from its slumbers of too many years.

Newcastle United is a sleeping giant alright, but the momentum is growing on Tyneside that under Rafa Benitez we can become a great side again – and soon too.

Matt has played in the Championship for both Bournemouth and his previous club Portsmouth (but just 5 games) and he was a star for the Cherries last season in the Premier League.

This is some of what he had to say on nufcTV yesterday:

“It’s an unbelievable feeling to come to a football club like this. It’s what you work hard for as a kid. You watch teams like Newcastle on the TV growing up, and it’s fantastic to be here and I’m really looking forward to the challenge,”

“The potential of this football club with the manager, the dressing room, the squad that we have, I’m sure it’s going to be an exciting time and a really positive future for the football club.”

“I like to think that I score goals and can create goals, and hopefully I can do that this season.”

“I’m sure that’s what I’ve been brought here and hopefully we can achieve the aim of getting promoted back to the Premier League, where this club belongs.”

“I think you can have a lot of quality in the group, but without the right mentality, the right work ethic, you can get cut adrift. We need to know that it’s going to be tough,”

“We’ll have to put the miles in the legs and the quality – there’s a lot of quality in the Championship.
“It’s not going to be easy to get out of this league, but I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”

“He’s a manager that has managed at the very top level. I’m excited to work with him and his coaches. I’m sure I can become a better player, improve, and learn new ideas, so I’m really looking forward to it,”

“I’m sure he’s got many tricks up his sleeve to make players better and I’m sure he’s got his own ideas how he wants to improve me. I’m excited.”

“The main aim for this football club is to be in the Premier League, and I want to be a part of it. If I can be a big part of it, then that would be an absolute pleasure.”

Good words from Matt there.

Matt seems to be down to earth and he’s right to say we have to have the right mentality and work ethic to be successful.

You could see that last night with Wales in the Euro 2016 quarter finals in their unbelievable 3-1 win over Belgium – a fantastic achievement if ever there was one.

The team spirit, organization, drive and commitment is so important and can beat out a team of top individual players like Belgium have.

Rafa had Newcastle playing so well and as a team for those last six games of last season, that we are hopeful of having a real team that can do battle this season.

That’s something we didn’t have last season when we looked more like the England team – unwilling to battle when the going gets tough.

We want a team like Wales for next season with the lads working for the cause 100% in every game.


Matt can help us in doing that and he looks a great signing by Benitez.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Veltmann

    Jul 2, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #1

    Ha ha ha ha…JAMSHA
    You really cracked me up.Let’s hope you are right about Ritchie and Good mate.I never saw or heard about Ritchie before, may be that’s why.
    But I have seen Good couple of times.And have not impressed me much.Plus he is injury prone.
    Don’t see why we keep injury prone players?
    The sooner we part ways,the better.

  • Veltmann

    Jul 2, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #2

    And can you enlighten me about Fifa 16 and what it is?I have no idea what it is and I never played it. 🙂

  • expatmag

    Jul 2, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #3


    Yes. Injuries have affected him and Aarons too. Hopefully they are free of them now and we can see a susrsined period of play from both of thwm

  • expatmag

    Jul 2, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #4


  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Clearly Rafa had 8 weeks and 10 games to find out about the squad , and would have learned much.
    However he was involved in a relegation dogfight and had to be pragmatic and cut his cloth accordingly.
    I do feel the squad starts with a clean slate , and just because some players were ignored previously doesn’t mean they are out now and they may still come into his plans.
    He now has 5 weeks and about 7 games with much less pressure to mould what he wants.
    I really would not write off any player in the squad .
    We have seen how Benitez and his coaches can dramatically improve a previously mediocre player.


    Jul 2, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #6


    Agree on good being injury prone, but if he remains fit his just like Jamal..headers, strength and good man marking, an foget about fifa ? but u should start watchn matches of teams in bottom 10 teams, there are hidden gems in there that wont b noticed by many of them

  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #7

    The Dutch media are now mentioning Siem de Jong to Fenerbahce.
    In the same articles they mention the Turkish club are ready to sell Robin van Persie .
    Surely RvP at 32 would be a better potential short term championship fix than Dimitar Berbatov the languid Bulgarian !

  • geordie157

    Jul 2, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Will be interesting to see if the likes of Good and Satka can improve under Rafa, looks like its the last chance for both of them.

    No reason why Cameron or Gillesphey can’t step up, Cameron did well in a struggling side.

    Then there’s Gilliead, Roberts, Smith, Gibson, Barlaser, Longstaff etc…it would be nice if one or two of them pushed on this season.

    I think Rafa will have depth and experience in the squad, with a few of these getting some game time if they work hard and develop.

  • geordie157

    Jul 2, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #9

    With the amount of games….I can see Gouffran being kept.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 2, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #10

    I don’t get the hate for Gouffran, he’s not the best but will put in a shift for you. I can see him being a useful squad player this season.

  • Nufc-83

    Jul 2, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #11

    Jail are you joking tell me one attribute that gouffran has over any other conference player? He works hard because he’s totally useless.


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