Three Newcastle players have been picked out by Bristol City as the most ‘pivotal’ to United’s chances of promotion.

Always interesting to see how those outside Tyneside view our club/team.

The Bristol City official website picking out the following trio of United players.

Who would you pick as Newcastle’s three most vital/pivotal players?

Bristol City view:

‘Ritchie, Shelvey and Gouffran all pivotal players in Newcastle’s push for promotion’.

Matt Ritchie

The Scotland international joined Newcastle United from AFC Bournemouth last summer, stepping down from the Premier League in a £12m move.

Despite publically speaking of the difficulty attached to departing the South Coast club, where he played a pivotal part in their top-flight competitiveness, the winger has become a crucial member in Newcastle’s promotion push.

Rafa Benitez expressed his delight in securing the services of the 26-year-old, who has been a direct replacement for Andros Townsend.

His pace and ability make him a direct threat and with 12 goals to his name this term, he will certainly be an important asset in the Magpies’ fight for automatic promotion. ‘

Jonjo Shelvey

‘The midfield maestro has taken Newcastle by storm since his arrival from Swansea City.

Recruited in a bid to bolster Newcastle’s top-flight survival, which was ultimately unsuccessful, the former Liverpool player has been in exceptional form this campaign.

The 24-year-old is highly praised by Benitez, who has tipped the youngster to add to his six England caps, as ‘there are not too many players of Jonjo’s level around’.

His confidence on the ball, ability to pick a pass and his admirable shooting ability make him one of the most feared players in the division.

The Romford-born midfielder has been a key figure in the Magpies’ climb to the Championship summit, and a player City will need to isolate at St James Park.’

Yoan Gouffran

‘Out of contract at the end of the season, Gouffran is reportedly in preliminary discussions over a new deal. Benitez believes the 30-year-old could play a key role next season should the club earn promotion, praising him for his defensive work-rate and tendency to secure important goals.

However, Newcastle could come under competition from Lille for the midfielder’s signature as they have supposedly expressed interest in the taking the winger to Ligue 1.

After a four-and-a-half year spell on Tyneside, Gouffran sits a single goal away from his most prolific season at St James’ Park and having scored against Aston Villa last time out, he will be desperate to continue his goalscoring form this weekend.’