Matt Ritchie likes playing two games a week and he certainly doesn’t seem to regret his move one little bit from Bournemouth to Newcastle.
Matt was only too keen to join the Rafa Revolution at Newcastle in the summer and he was one of the first players we signed once Andros Townsend told the manager he didn’t want to play for Newcastle in the second division.
Matt’s great form so far this season is one reason we haven’t missed Townsend much at all this season.
Matt Ritchie in action for Newcastle
Andros Townsend, Gini Wijnaldum, Daryl Janmaat and Moussa Sissoko in that order were the big name players who left the club after we were relegated in May.
This is what Matt said when asked about the tough demands of the Championship:
“I love it. I’m relishing the challenge of getting a massive club like Newcastle back in the Premier League and playing a part in that.
“It’s not a surprise to me that I’m enjoying two games a week.” “All players love playing games. You play a game, recover and go again.”
“It’s fantastic. It’s good fun.” “Hopefully, we can continue winning and picking up points and climbing the table.”
“Every game’s huge, whether it’s top of the league or someone lower down.” “We need to set out to win every week.”
“It was a good point.” “But with a little bit more finesse in the final third, we could have taken three points.”
“I moved in my house last week and have got my family up now, so that’s nice.”
“I’m really settled and loving it.”
Matt seems determined to become very successful at Newcastle and it’s very good he’s finally got his family up to Newcastle from the south coast.
Matt is not only a very good player but his temperament and character are also of the highest order.
He was a terrific buy for us in the summer.
He’s a lovely lad.