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Matt Ritchie reveals best thing about being at Newcastle and what his ‘initiation’ song was

5 years ago

Matt Ritchie has been quizzed about life at Newcastle in his latest interview.

The United winger was asked about his career both before and after signing for Newcastle.

Asked where he thinks Newcastle will finish, Matt Ritchie says top of the table BUT adds ‘I don’t say that lightheartedly’ as he knows how tough it is going to be.

As for toughest opponent, the Scottish international reckons league leaders Huddersfield are the best team United have faced.

At the usual initiation ceremony for new players, Ritchie says he sang ‘Songbird’ by Oasis, but that the real singing talent is Grant Hanley with a bit of Ronan Keating.

When it comes to the best thing about playing for Newcastle, Matt Ritchie says he loves the ‘pressure’ of playing in front of fifty thousand Geordies.

As Newcastle’s best player so far and with five man of the match accolades already, the feeling is most definitely mutual.

Matt Ritchie talking to Sky Sports:

Best thing about playing for Newcastle?

Probably the support you receive from the fans, who are fantastic. Playing with that pressure is something I really enjoy. It’s a fantastic stadium to play in when you get 52,000, and I’m really enjoying it.

Where will Newcastle finish in the Sky Bet Championship this season?

The aim is top of the league. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a tough league and I don’t say that lightheartedly. It’s going to be a tough, long season but hopefully we get progressively better and keep winning games.

Toughest opponent?

It’s a difficult one to answer, but I probably have to say Huddersfield, who were the best team we have played so far this season. The way they pressed the ball was impressive and they are a good side.

Strangest rumour you have heard about yourself?

The rumour I was linked with Manchester United was a strange one! I’m not sure where that one came from!

What was your initiation song?

It was ‘Songbird’ by Oasis. I did OK but I’d say Grant Hanley was the best one we’ve had this season. He did ‘When You Say Nothing At All’ by Ronan Keating. You have to get him on the podcast because he’s got a bit to be fair to him!


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