Matt Ritchie has already grabbed four assists this season.
Newcastle have scored 10 goals and three of those have been match winners from Ritchie’s corner kicks.
Rather than it been natural talent, the winger says that it is simply hard work and ‘preparation’ that has led to the success Newcastle have with set-pieces these days, compared to the embarrassingly amateurish efforts of Alan Pardew.
To make sure they are ‘spot on’, Matt Ritchie says the squad work on the set-pieces at least a few times every week.
On a personal level, the Scottish international believes his game has really come on, when working under Eddie Howe and Rafa Benitez.
Ritchie thinks Newcastle have now got ‘a great squad with a lot of potential’ and ‘the future looks bright’.
Matt Ritchie talking to NUFC TV:
“You can look at us in seventh place but is it tight, you need to continue and pick up points or else otherwise you are looking over our shoulder.
“We are taking no notice of the league table, it is where we are come the end of the season that is important.
“We have worked hard in the summer, the group has obviously come together, raised the bar and got better and stronger. Done well so far but need to continue that.
“Burnley have shown that it is not just one style (of football) that can have success, it is important that we keep raising the bar.
“Burnley will be trying to improve each year and Sean Dyche is a fantastic manager.
“It (Palace match) wasn’t the prettiest game of football in the world. It was job done for us and it could have gone either way.
“Set-pieces have been good and hopefully we can continue with that because we are picking up points.”
‘How much of the set-piece success is down to natural talent and how much to hard work?’
“I think it is preparation.
“We are all working on delivery and the lads working on getting on the end of them.
“At least a few times a week we try to make sure (in training) that set-pieces are spot on.”
‘You turned 28 last month, are you still improving?’
“I’m learning the game a lot more.
“I have had the luxury of working with Eddie Howe and the gaffer here, two great coaches.
“Hopefully I can still improve.
“We have got a great squad with a lot of potential.
“The future looks bright.”