Matt Ritchie was just an excellent buy for us in the summer from AFC Bournemouth – a great but smaller club on the south coast.
And he replaced Andros Townsend at Newcastle who has started to struggle a bit under Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace, but Matt seems to be getting better and better under Rafa Benitez on Tyneside.
He is already a firm fan favorite and has been in terrific form for us all season – he’s some player is Matt.
He scored a penalty on Tuesday night and that was his third goal of the season for the Magpies.
Matt Ritchie scoring from the penalty spot on Tuesday night
Confidence is very high on Tyneside at the moment with both players and fans – and Matt thinks Newcastle have a decent chance of even winning the EFL Cup after drawing Hull City away in the quarter finals last night.
The last time we won anything was back in 1969 when we won the Inter-City Fairs Cup.
The last time we won a domestic Cup was back in 1955 when we took Manchester City (and Don Revie) apart 3-1; I watched that game on TV and my parents were at Wembley for the game.
This is what Matt has said in the local press today:
“I’d be disappointed with myself if I said we couldn’t win it.” “If we can have a little bit of luck, why not?”
“We need a good mentality. A little bit of luck along the way – we’ve performed well so far but to have a good cup run, you need some luck.”
“People are talking about how many good players we’ve got – but people can step in and do a job for us.”
“It’s brilliant at the moment.” “A big reason for me wanting to come here was the support of the fans and they were brilliant.”
Matt has made no secret of the fact he is inspired by the Newcastle fans and that’s a big reason he joined Newcastle.
Matt Ritchie and Newcastle fans – another match made in heaven.
Did I say Matt was also a lovely lad?