The Telegraph are reporting today that three clubs are now interested in buying Matt Ritchie and we saw in his first season at Newcastle in the Championship he is a star player in England’s second division.
In our promotion season, Matt was outstanding along with Dwight Gayle and the 28-year-old scored 16 goals and had 9 assists in 48 total games for Newcastle.
And in Bournemouth’s promotion season back in 2014-2015, he scored 15 goals and had 18 assists in 51 total appearances so he can score goals down below and he can make them too.
And we are sure the three clubs after him know all about those statistics.
Matt Ritchie – after scoring against Arsenal last season
Matt had a tough start to last season but came through this year with 3 goals and 5 assists in 38 total games.
The Telegraph are reporting that “detailed discussions” are underway and here is a piece from their report:
“Middlesbrough and Stoke have both held detailed discussions with Newcastle over a potential deal, with £15M understood to be the fee required to sign him.”
“But it is understood that Ritchie’s former club AFC Bournemouth have also expressed a firm interest in the Scotland international.”
“Rafael Benitez is open-minded about Ritchie’s future but could use the funds to strengthen his own squad as he prepares for a second campaign in the top-flight.”
“Although it is understood formal interest has been registered by those three clubs, Newcastle are not believed to have confirmed to any of Ritchie’s suitors whether they would be willing to sell the winger.”
Matt Ritchie is a favorite with the Newcastle fans, and he epitomizes the spirit and passion of Rafa’s side.
Matt works his socks off for the team and last season he was unlucky when he hit the post several times before registering his first goal.
If Rafa does sell him, we expect it to be a top player who comes in to replace him.
But we hope Newcastle keep the 28-year-old who seems to love it at Newcastle.
If he does move we would expect him to want to return to Bournemouth in the Premier League.