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.
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.
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.