Matt Ritchie is one of the Newcastle players away on International duty and he has also been one of our key players this season, netting a good 13 goals for us and was one of the best of Rafa’s signings last summer.
In fact, along with other new signings Dwight Gayle and Ciaran Clark – he will be in the running for Player of the Season this term.
Matt had a very good season in the Premier League with Bournemouth last season and if we do get back there for next season we expect Matt to be even better than he’s been this season.
Matt seems to be thriving under the expert coaching of Rafa Benitez.
Matt Ritchie – in Scotland’s colors
Here’s what Matt has said in the Shields Gazette as he talks a little bit about Scotland and then about the really important stuff – Newcastle United:
“I hope I’ll have a role to play for Scotland.” “We’ve obviously got a lot of competition for places, and there are a lot of good players in the squad.”
“But I’ll go there as I always do to try to do my best.” “In a way, maybe this is coming at a good time.”
“We’ve had a lot of tough games recently, so it might be good to wind down a bit in training over the next few days and concentrate on recovering a bit.”
“It’s tough when you play Saturday-Tuesday all the time.” “It’s hard to get yourself back to peak fitness and condition.”
“Making sure you’re ready to go again is tough, and you’re always going into games with little knocks or strains.”
“There’s obviously a few of us that are going away for internationals.”
“But we’ll still be trying to look after our bodies and get back to peak condition. “Then we’ll go again for the run in.”
Matt is one of our key players during the run-in and he’s scored a number of goals since January when Dwight Gayle was injured.
So we need both Matt and Dwight knocking in those goals for us and they can start in the next two games – home games against Wigan and Burton Albion on April 1st and April 5th respectively.
If we can get 6 points from those games – we are on our way.
Here are the remaining games of the season.
April 2017 Newcastle v Wigan Athletic Sat 1 Apr 15:00 Newcastle v Burton Albion Wed 5 Apr 19:45 Sheffield Wednesday v Newcastle Sat 8 Apr 17:30 Newcastle v Leeds United Fri 14 Apr 19:45 Ipswich Town v Newcastle Mon 17 Apr 15:00 Newcastle v Preston Mon 24 Apr 19:45 Cardiff City v Newcastle Sat 29 Apr 15:00 May 2017 Newcastle v Barnsley Sun 7 May 12:00