Rafa Benitez knew exactly what he was doing when he brought in Bournemouth’s 26 year-old winger Matt Ritchie on July 1st, once he knew that Andros Townsend wanted to leave Newcastle for Crystal Palace.
Matt has been great for us so far this season, not only on the field of play – but he’s a great lad too with a terrific attitude.
And that has not gone unnoticed by Scottish officials either, with Matt playing well in Malta yesterday in Scotland’s very good 5-1 win in their first World Cup qualifier.
Matt Ritchie in action last night in Malta
Manager Gordon Strachan has already said he thought Matt was brilliant in the game last night.
But now it’s his assistant manager Mark McGhee who has been praising the Scottish International, who was born on the English south coast in Gosport.
This is what Mark has said on the Sky Sports Jim White show:
“He’s been terrific,”
“I’ve said it before, he’s one of these boys who is meticulous in the way he prepares.”
“He’s one of these boys, you know – he’s got muscles in his eyebrows. Everything about him is athletic.”
“He’s brilliant as a character as well – and loves coming and playing for Scotland.”
You know we’d even hazard a guess that Matt had a really good game last night – and he is most likely already seeing the benefits of Rafa Benitez’ coaching.
With his great attitude, his obsession to improve his game and his obvious natural ability and athleticism – Matt Ritchie could become some player for Newcastle and for Scotland in the years ahead.