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Steve Bruce Talks About Picking Up Consequences Of Ritchie Injury

Matt Ritchie has made at least 38 appearances for Newcastle United in his three seasons with the club. He has been a constant presence in the team whose work-rate and leadership have been massive for this club since he joined.

He will be out of the side now until at least late October. The tackle by Hamza Choudhury has damaged Ritchie’s ankle ligaments, and Bruce has put a two month time table on his return.

Bruce spoke to BBC Newcastle this morning about what Matt Ritchie means to this team and the repercussions of Choudhury’s tackle.

We’ve often joked that Matt Ritchie never does anything in half-measure. So we’re sure that Ritchie will approach his recovery with the same zeal he does a football match. However, this club will have to pick up the pieces left by his absence.

While Jetro Willems can slot into the left wing-back position and put in performances, it’s Ritchie’s passion that will be hard to replace. Luckily enough for Steve Bruce, this team is not short of leaders in the dressing room or on the pitch.

Players like Jamaal Lascelles, Isaac Hayden, and Fabian Schar are all leaders in their own right. While they may not skirt chaos on the pitch the way Ritchie does, there are not many that do.

The team will be short an inspirational leader for the next few months, but we have faith that Jetro Willems can step into the void and play well like he did against Leicester City. This is a big opportunity for Jetro who is currently the only player we have on loan. He will be determined to make sure that Newcastle trigger the option to make his stay a permanent one.

10 comments so far

  • cockneymafiaout

    Aug 30, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Opportunity for Willems to come in and make the position his own. Lets face it, Ritchie is out of his depth in this league and we need to significantly improve our wingback play.

  • VanToonMan

    Aug 30, 2019 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Re: Shelvey – if we had 4 top quality defenders ie were able to play 4 at the back and be rock solid (instead of needing 5) our formation should be:


    With Hayden and Lobby sitting and Shelvey in the middle of the 3 – with Almiron and ASM on either wing and Joelinton up top.

    That would enable Jonjo to feed through balls and out wide into space to create chances.

    Unfortunately we have ‘solid’ defenders who play well in a back 5 – but not top quality who can play in a back 4.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Aug 30, 2019 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #3


    Ignoring the question again with the usual silly little boy tactics.


    Why do you think your guestimate was wrong?

    How pissed off were you that 22,000 attended?

  • Jib

    Aug 30, 2019 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #4

    BoycottAshley ( OP)
    I hope you know I laugh my tits off every time you post, it makes my day knowing I piss you off.

    You forgot add
    Please join the protest we are really nice folk who pay close
    attention to every fan’s opinion

  • Jib

    Aug 30, 2019 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Lets face it, Ritchie is out of his depth in this league

    I’ve tried facing it for a few minutes
    I’ve come to the conclusion you are talking out of
    your rectile orifice

  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 30, 2019 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Dissapointing for him, but in the long term we should be looking for a proper Lwb and Willems now has a chance, i dont mind Ritchie he works hard but thats about it, i laugh to myself when commentators say he has great crossing or set peices, yeah he might deliever a decent cross every 1 in 10 attempts.

  • VanToonMan

    Aug 30, 2019 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Yes we should be long term looking for a better LWB than Ritchie – but – another perspective is we should be spending serious money on quality defenders to be able to play a back 4 with Hayden and Longstaff in front of them and be just as solid

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 30, 2019 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Ritchie out of his depth?
    Wtf are you talking about? He may not be world class but he’s never out of his depth!

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 30, 2019 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #9


    I’m not pissed off nor did I ignore the question.

    You’re still pissed off because theres no one at the ground to sing and support the team for you.

    If you’re a supporter I’m glad I’m not.

    Have a nice day

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 30, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Yip you are not a supporter OP. You are a twat though.


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