Matt Ritchie has been a great success for Newcastle since we signed him from AFC Bournemouth in the summer as a replacement for Andros Townsend.
And Matt has scored 4 goals for us in 16 appearances this season so far and put in some Man of the Match performances for Newcastle.
Matt could well be up against former Newcastle player Townsend on Friday at Wembley in the England vs Scotland World Cup qualifying tie at Wembley, although we don’t know if Andros will get the start for England.
Matt Ritchie in action for Newcastle
Matt is expected to start for Scotland in what he is calling the biggest game of his career so far.
And in his comments this morning it seems the Newcastle players are as upbeat as the fans on what the future holds for Newcastle under manager Rafa Benitez.
Matt has commented often about how good Rafa is in training with the players and how excited he was to join Newcastle and be trained by the world-class manager.
He also made it very clear why he had joined Newcastle in the summer and taken a step down to the Championship in doing so:
“I joined Newcastle because I knew the ambition was to turn it around.”
“I hope I can be in at the start of a successful era and personally make an impact.”
These are exactly the types of players we want at Newcastle – when they are willing to drop down a league to join the club.