It has been a refreshing change for Newcastle supporters to have a player like Matt Ritchie.

After enduring the likes of Sissoko, Coloccini and others for so long, what Matt Ritchie says, he also actually executes once he gets onto the pitch.

So  many of our departed superstars would talk about how much the club meant to them and how they were going to show that in the next match, only to put in yet another feeble display, looking to hide amongst the rest of the shirkers.

On the other hand, Ritchie has talked so enthusiastically about being at Newcastle AND put in a shift every week.

As a creative player, the winger might not produce key moments to win matches every time, but as well as trying to inspire going forward he ALWAYS puts in a shift working back.

Having spent just one season in the top tier, Matt Ritchie is well used to the demands of the lower divisions, especially the sheer number of games.

When promoted with Bournemouth in 2014/15, Ritchie played in every single one of the 46 Championship games.

Having moved into a new house with his family in the north east, the Newcastle player says that he is ‘loving’ living here and also the demands of ‘getting a massive club like Newcastle back in the Premier League’.

A great signing by Rafa Benitez and a Premier League player desperate to get back to where he belongs.

Matt Ritchie:

“I moved into my house last week and have got my family up now, so I’m really settled and loving it.

“I love it (number of games in Championship and competitiveness),  I am relishing the challenge of getting a massive club like Newcastle back in the Premier League and playing my part.

“Not a surprise to me that I’m enjoying two games a week, all players love playing games.

“You play a game, recover and then go again – It’s fantastic, good fun.

“Hopefully, we can continue winning and picking up points to climb the table, every game is huge, whether it is top of the league or someone lower down.

“It was a good point (at Villa) but with a little bit more finesse in the final third, we could have taken three points.”

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