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Matt Ritchie Is Key To Getting New Signing Going This Season

Matt Ritchie has been one of Newcastle’s better players during the first two weeks of this season. That is mainly due to his tireless work ethic and versatility as a player.

One area that Ritchie has none done well enough this season is in his delivery in the final third and from set-pieces. He admitted as much after the Arsenal match and will hope to improve in that area going forward.

Ritchie is also relatively new to his left wing-back position. For most of his career, he was deployed on the right side of midfield as an inverted winger. However, last season he moved to the left wing-back role primarily out of necessity.

Steve Bruce has kept him in that role, and thus far, Ritchie has kept Jetro Willems, a natural left-back, out of the side. Matt Ritchie and whoever plays on the right side of the 3-5-2 formation are vital cogs in this system.

They are relied upon to give the formation some width and provide service to the front two of Joelinton and Almiron. Joelinton has, thus far, been starved of support and service this season.

Joelinton– has everything a top striker needs

While it is still early days for the new system Bruce has implemented, it is also a period of adjustment for Joelinton. Joelinton is learning to lead the line this season whereas last season he played deeper at Hoffenheim often with someone deployed ahead of him.

The Shields Gazette have some comments that Matt Ritchie has made about Joelinton and his progress over the past few weeks. Matt also talks about his responsibility of getting service to the Brazilian.

“He’s been fantastic in training. He’s a really nice lad. In the last couple of weeks, you’ve seen him grow in confidence in the dressing room and building relationships.

“Obviously, that always helps, and hopefully, we’ve helped him settle.

“He looks like he’s got everything a top striker needs, and hopefully he can fulfill his potential here.

“It’s brilliant for me. He wants to attack the first post. He’s good in the air. He’s got good movement.

“I spoke to him, and I think he knows if it does come to me, at the earliest opportunity I’ll put it in the box, and hopefully he’ll get on the end of them.

“It’s down to me to put balls in good areas, and I know he’ll be there.”

Matt will play a big part in helping Joelinton get the type of service he needs this season. He seems to understand this and it is very willing to form a good understanding with our new number 9.

Both players are still getting comfortable in their new roles. Joelinton is also adapting to a new country and league. It will take time for him ,but with help from players like Ritchie, we hope he can live up to his immense potential this season and beyond.

9 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 23, 2019 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #1

    If Matt Ritchie can provide the service in the right areas at the right time, I feel confident that Joelinton can score goals. He has all the attributes to be successful,all we are waiting on is the evidence that he can do it.

    I’m sure it will come, just as it did for Rondon. He didn’t score his first League goal till November, with many of the Newcastle faithful questioning his ability as Gayle was banging them in for fun at West Brom. As soon as he got his first (two in one game, I seem to remember, one being a bullet header that had the fans purring), he was off and running with the Toon Army at his back.

    Joelinton will be the same and once he has that bit of confidence, he’ll come into his own.

    I just hope it happens before November, though….

  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2019 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #2

    England 10 for 2
    Root gone now

  • JohnReese

    Aug 23, 2019 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Rob – Agreed, I don’t think he’ll break any scoring records but there’s no reason he can’t at least match Rondon or Perez’ contribution from last season. it’s sad to see people throwing him under the bus already but those are the same people who did it to Rondon and Ba, amongst many others.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 23, 2019 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #5

    The team is really just asking for Shelvey to be dropped for Muto so we can then have Almiron, Muto and Joellinton all rotating positions and providing a bit of width big Joel likes to drift wide and Muto likes to make runs into the centre of the pitch with Almiron allowed more space in the wider areas as well.

    With Spurs we really need outballs that will run the channels when Spurs fullbacks push up which is where Muto and Almiron would get most joy on the counter if we start with the same team and attitude against Spurs it could be embarrassing scores before half time

  • Binney

    Aug 23, 2019 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #6

    It wouldn’t surprise me if this American consortium is the same one Peter Kenyon tried to lead with NUFC

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 23, 2019 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #7

    JohnReese, I agree – it seems as a fan base we expect players to fail these days, rather than hoping they will succeed. Probably a symptom of the general malaise around the club, rather than malice towards the players themselves.

    I was suggesting people shouldn’t get carried away with the signings in the Summer, seeing any money spent as a sop to the masses to paper over the cracks of the damage being wrought on our club.

    Now, though, with the season here, we need to get behind the lads, whether we do that from inside or outside the ground, to let them know they’re appreciated and encourage them to fight for the shirt.

  • WLtoon

    Aug 23, 2019 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #8

    All the alt tactics and player options wont make a jot of difference im afraid lads, Bruce cant hear you, and will continue to fumble his way through games without a clue.
    On a brighter note, Ashley will sell up next season and the new owners will bring in KK and Daveed as first team coaches. What a thought eh 🙂

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 23, 2019 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #9


    About 2 weeks ago you were on here slagging off TMG and boycotters.

    When you spoke of the TMG meetings it was “I think” itll be this type or that type doing x y z “I think”?

    “I think” isn’t the words I’d use if I’d been to a event as I’d KNOW what happened at that event.

    Let’s just pretend you did go.

    Everyone spoke about who they were if they still had a ticket etc, only 3 people said they still had tickets all said they planned to give them up this year. You weren’t one of those 3 as 2 were a Irish couple in their 60s and the other was a lad in his 20s.

    You’re either lying to the blog to get some credibility or you lied to the people in the room as you dont have the courage of your convictions.

    Either way you’re a liar, why would anyone believe anything you said?

    Be gone you poisonous rat


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