Star Player Explains What Newcastle Need To Do Next Season – “It’s Exciting”


Our Player of the season for our promotion season was Matt Ritchie who brought skill, speed and enthusiasm to the Newcastle side for last season. as well as scoring

Matt was very productive in scoring 16 good goals and having 10 assists so he really had a terrific season.as well as scoring

And when out top goalscorer Dwight Gayle was injured early in the year he started to score the goals to keep the points coming in as eventually, we won the Championship from Brighton when Aston Villa equalized in the last minute of the game.

You couldn’t make this stuff up.

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27 year-old Newcastle winger Matt Ritchie scoring one of his 16 goals last season

Matt has been missing from the preseason games since he has a calf injury at the moment, but he had this to say to the Chronicle this morning:

“You have to be focused.” “Everyone knows the task in hand.” “A little bit of the job was done last season when getting back to the Premier League.”

“By no means do we want to stand still and toy with relegation.” “We need to kick on and keep building as a club and as a team.”

“The lads obviously want to take on the information the gaffer puts across.” “I think we need to realise we haven’t done anything yet just because we got promoted.”

“It’s an important season and we need to get better and keep striving for more.” “The Premier League is ruthless and we need to be at our best to take anything from games.”

“Focus on the training pitch is the start of that.” “It’s been so far, so good.” “Obviously I haven’t be involved through my calf.”

“But the lads are happy, and it’s been a good week so far.” “It’s always good to come away and spend a lot of time together.”

“It makes a big difference leading up to the season with us being a tight group.” “We need to continue to improve and get better.”

“This season is going to be a different challenge.” “Hopefully we can keep building on what we’ve got, there are a couple of new arrivals so it will be good to add to the group to produce more competition.

“It’s exciting.”

Matt will again be a top player for Newcastle this coming season but his previous season in the Premier League with Bournemouth two years ago will help him adjust quickly.

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85 comments so far

  • north east lincs toon

    Jul 20, 2017 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Think Paul merson is back on the booze again looking at some of his quotes

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 20, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #2

    This bus chasing is getting to be hard work.

    So are there any really credible transfer rumours connected with us.

    I’m just waiting for Rafa to suddenly pull one (or two even) big rabbits from the magic transfer hat and that will be our incoming players sorted.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 20, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #3

    nelt

    Yeah I think the rocks that Jib mentioned the other day was ice in his glass.

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  • kc2012

    Jul 20, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #4

    My money is on Sam Clucas being one of our next signings, odds have shortened massively over the last week.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 20, 2017 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #5

    Well Matt seems to think that with the new additions included we have a squad that will do OK as do a ‘few’ of us on the blog.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Nufc, the real reason we won the league is simple enough mate. All teams start off the same with zero points. Regardless of what time in the season you collect points, the team finishing with the most wins it. That was us. Yes, Brighton messed up at the end, but we messed up at the start which evened it out.
    The old adage of ‘it’s a marathon not a sprint’ is especially true in the Championship. When Brighton ran out of steam, they’d still have won it if we hadn’t won the last three games. If we hadn’t been in touch at the end, we couldn’t have caught them.
    I get what you’re saying, but clearly Brighton put too much effort into it and we’re drained, whereas we timed it perfectly.
    Whoever wins a marathon like the Championship fully deserves it – and we deserved it. The players deserve great credit for playing 46 Cup Finals in one season. It’s unfair to take that credit from them.

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  • martoon

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Is this calf injury the injury he had at the end of last season or a new injury? Either way you would expect him to be injury free at the moment!

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Bobbybee

    what section you in again mate of the ground

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  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m not taking anything away from the achievement, I’m just saying the level and style of performance didn’t match the achievement.

    My point if we play at that level in the PL we won’t scrape past people enough to stay up.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #10

    We will be fine Bill, but it’s unlikely to be easy. And the more the prize/TV money increases, the harder teams coming up are going to find it to survive.
    Everybody needs to take this into account and more than ever the fans need to be that twelfth man. Those who weren’t happy last season better stock up and chill pills, because this one will be a hard slog against better teams.
    Too early to say where we might finish imo because we haven’t stopped spending yet. I don’t expect to us be in a full blown relegation fight though simply because the lads are close knit and play for each other and Rafa. Can’t wait for the season to start myself. Bring it on.

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  • magspuggy

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #11

    I honestly think we will finish around 10th

    St james will be alive and jumping and the gallowgate will suck the ball into the net.

    For too long we struggled at home and our away form sent us doon.

    Rafa fixed that with tactics and it was not pretty but it got the points we needed.

    Our squad is better than the one that went down but i guess so is everyone elses.

    We have the benefit of being demoted the lads know they have to give it all to stay up
    And we dont have players who see us a stepping stone to a different club.

    I cant believe going down was a good thing but it can be used in a good way.

    For players like ritchie who wanted to be with us even when the future looked bleak this season is the big chance to prove they where right.

    People say we struggled to win the championship but imho the dodgy refs made it harder than it should have been.

    This year we will put all that behind us and prove that we are a big club.

    I cant wait.

    Hwtl.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #12

    SJH corner, level four mate.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Is Jack Root another creation of Ian toon? Uncannily similar writing style.

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  • toon kk

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #14

    gonufc
    Exactly, we were painful to watch and never turned up all too often for my liking.
    We have absolutely no cutting edge without Gayle. Personally I think we need a total revamp, which ain’t gonna happen.
    Many fans don’t want to admit it but we’re a long way off a premier league team.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #15

    “Diego Rolan ‘stalls’ on Fulham move amidst #NUFC interest”

    We can do better than that!

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Nufc, everybody wanted to beat us last season though. SJP was the closest to Wembley most of them will get. Refs robbed us of points and cheats robbed us of Shelvey.
    Granted it wasn’t pretty, but who cares? You have to bounce straight back or it gets harder every season and better to win ugly than lose in style. Fulham played pretty football but remind me where they are this season. 🙂 Ditto Brentford. Looks good, but points look better.

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  • martoon

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Rotonda @13 – I thought the same so I asked him the other day but he claims not. I can’t be bothered to fall out about it but I have my suspicions!

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  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #18

    Comparison of squads so far…

    2015/16
    Krul Elliott Darlow Woodman

    Coloccini Dummett Mbemba Lascelles Haidara Janmaat S. Taylor Curtis Good

    Colback Wijnaldum Sissoko Anita de Jong Gouffran Shelvey Aarons Thauvin Saivet Tiote Townsend bigirimana

    Cisse Perez Doumbia Riviere Armstrong

    Now:
    Krul Elliott Darlow Woodman

    Clark Dummett Hanley Lascelles Lazaar Mbemba Haidara Yedlin Gamez Lejeune

    Colback de Jong Ritchie Shelvey Hayden Diame Aarons Saivet Atsu Murphy

    Gayle Perez Riviere Murphy (Daryl) Mitrovic

    I’d like to hear honest opinions on which is a better Premier league squad.

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  • magspuggy

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #19

    Kk
    We won the championship

    We where too good for that lot

    We have the stadium the fans to fill it
    A winner in rafa
    A squad full of keen players with a point to prove

    I would say we are a premier team
    And folk like yaself are going to get one of the best shocks of your life.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Yes rotonda Ian appears as Jack Root, also Carl and ppb i think there’s a couple more but they are his faves

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Sorry carl not Carl

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  • toon kk

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #22

    Mags
    Top 10? Really? Rafa put a squad together to get promoted, which he thankfully achieved.
    The opposition will be much harder to beat you know. Who’s going to score our goals?
    There’s time yet for new players but will we be strong enough?? I hope so.
    Wishful thinking and Rafa alone isn’t the answer.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Our Toon,
    To me mate you’ve just conceded the debate by suggesting that Sels wasn’t a dud because he played more than Gamez. Sels was brought in to be the number one keeper and he was pants, Lazaar, we think was brought in to be the LB, he was pants, Gamez was brought in for his experience and versatility and to ensure right sided midfielders did not end up in the LB spot or a decent CB pairing split up, he was not brought in as an automatic starter, he suffered injuries and the fact he didn’t play much was testament to Rafa finally talking sense in to the hierarchy and having a bigger squad instead of the infamous ‘purple ‘policy. Hanley wasn’t a success but neither was he a dud, he done a job when asked, Gamez wasn’t needed and therefore didn’t feature, someone mentioned his working with the youth teams whose results have improved dramatically, there is middle ground here, not being a huge success does not make you a dud.

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #24

    Oh, look! The blog is talking about Multiples and our apparently championship level squad… for a change 😀

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #25

    Bobbybee

    Level 4 A to F is sold out already to ST and Members for 2 together for me and missus, Only singles left.

    Next time bud

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  • Budge123

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #26

    I don’t see how a team that won the Championship can be called not a Premiership team – we earned the right to be a Premiership team. It’s now up to the team to retain that right.

    Bobby – cheats didn’t rob us of Shelvey. Shelvey did that all by himself

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Rotonda,
    Until carl proved he had been posting from the very off people like Jack Root and Sack Llambias were considered Ian Toon creations, they’re not, they are all carl’s creations, there is no such person as Ian Toon.

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  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #28

    @BobbyBee – Yes but the point is we’re almost exactly the same. If our performances were far less than ideal last season then we’re certainly not going to be scraping wins in a much, much harder league.

    I agree with toonkk, I was expecting a complete overhaul of the squad this summer.

    We bought for the Championship and seem to be stuck with that in a much tougher league because we won’t buy anyone better for some bizaare reason.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #29

    KK, last season was the start of Rafa’s project. To stay on course it was imperative we got promoted. How didn’t matter. We did. This season staying up is just as crucial. How doesn’t matter, but we will. The following season he can start buying better players because he’ll have the money.
    Nobody goes from Championship to challenging the following season, not anymore. The financial gap is too large mate. More evolution than revolutionary over three seasons. There is no other way. Be patient and hopefully we’ll see the benefit of it.

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  • magspuggy

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #30

    Aye mate 10th
    We will buy a striker hopefully a cm
    And a keeper
    And we will push on

    Rafa isnt the be all i agree but hes a big part of it.

    Its our time to prove ourselves and we will step up and prove the doubters wrong.

    Watch this space.

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #31

    It amazes me when racism is called, everyone just assumes the player is guilty. The whole case was settled on “he said this and that” from team mates of the so called victim. Shelvey himself admits calling him “smell breathed pr1ck”. Basically, Wolves just chucked the word “Arab” in to get him into trouble. The FA are frightened to say “no foul2 when it comes to a racism accusation, and so are many fans, because they want to appear enlightened.

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #32

    smelly* “no foul”*

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #33

    Spanish speakers, is it pronounced MAN-KW-EE-LO? And when is he being “unveiled”?

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #34

    Budge, I believe Shelvey’s version which was backed up. He wouldn’t have been found guilty in a court of law, only in front of old farts like the FA. Just a matter of who you believe and I’ll stick with our man, not theirs, who couldn’t even get their version right.
    He was found guilty because the FA were worried about being called racist. All down to which version you believe. He says he didn’t use racist words and I believe him.

    NUFC, why were you expecting an overhaul? You’ve seen the prices mate, we can’t match them. Huddersfield and Brighton are in the same boat.
    Spending isn’t finished yet, so we don’t know what the final squad will look like. A few tweaks will do enough to keep us up comfortably. We’ve got a decent defence, more creativity than last season already and we’re still to bring in a striker or two.
    We won’t set the PL on fire mate, but that’s not the aim. The aim is to stay up and then build on it.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #35

    Jazzy
    Where you sitting next season mate?

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  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #36

    @Markaccus – I thought the word was “Moroccan” that he was said to have used? I may be wrong.

    It comes down to the same problem as the John Terry one. The FA is not a British Court- it doesn’t rely on the same weight of evidence and assurance: “Innocent until proven guilty” is not a mantra of the FA’s judicial process. It’s simply what they say goes because it’s ‘their’ game. A bit like the kid who owns the football going home from the park because of an argument of whether it was over or a goal.

    I have no idea what was said and I’d be very surprised if they had any real idea either.

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  • toon kk

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #37

    Question
    How much stronger/ weaker is our current players compared to our players last time we were promoted?
    Personally we need to spend a fair bit just to match that promoted squad, then alot more to improve it.

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #38

    gonufc

    One of the accusers may have said it was morrocan, but they couldn’t get the story straight between them. But somehow the FA still ruled against Shelvey.

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  • Budge123

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #39

    Bobby Mark – yes their word against ours. Theirs was clearly more compelling as he got binned for it.
    If there was no truth in it and ‘wolves added the word Arab ‘ to get him suspended then that type of behaviour would surely happen more often? With players facing charges far more often.
    Might have been made up might not. I think simply dismissing it cos he wears the black n white is hardly a valid argument.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #40

    Ron – Man-key-oh most likely

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