Matt Ritchie is the man of the moment right now at Newcastle after he has been in the best form of his career so far this season.
Couple Matt’s undoubted skills with his 100% effort in games and Rafa Benitez has acquired a top player for Newcastle and for the low price of just £12M from Bournemouth.
Matt has improved a lot under the guidance and coaching of Rafa Benitez – like a lot of other players at Newcastle – over the last year.
We should have been well ahead at the break last Saturday against Stoke, but we missed at least two clear-cut opportunities in the first half.
Matt Ritchie in action last season
And then Joselu was straight through with only the goalkeeper to beat only seconds into the second half – but couldn’t score.
But the really difficult thing in football is to create the chances – it’s easier to put them in the net.
But that’s what Newcastle have not been too good at over the last year – so that’s an area of improvement for Rafa and the players to work on.
Matt Ritchie is determined that Newcastle continue our good form of the last three games:
“After 10 or 15 minutes I was thinking we needed to get on the front foot a bit more and get up the pitch.”
“They were dropping deep and switching the play well and their two central midfielders were getting too much of the ball than what we’d hoped for in our game plan.”
“Luckily enough our fans stick by us because they know we are trying to do the right things.”
“That’s exactly what they did and it makes a big difference when the fans are behind us.”
“In the end, the performance was fantastic and showed real maturity.”
“We stayed compact and didn’t let Stoke get into the game or create chances.”
“We then grew into it and we could have led by more than one goal at half-time.”
“But the positive thing is we are creating chances.”
With the limited creativity in the side, Newcastle are doing very well to create the number of chances we are creating.
Just like last year at this time, there’s going to come a game where we convert most of our chances and that game will end up being a big win for Newcastle.
Maybe that will be at Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday afternoon in our next game?