Matt Ritchie is without doubt our best player in the Premier League to date, carrying on this mantle from last season.
Rafa Benitez made a recent comment that he believes there is more improvement to come from Ritchie, a bold statement in my opinion, as the lad can barely give much more in terms of energy and commitment on the pitch.
However, I do believe if Ritchie was given the number 10 Perez role, he would excel even more.
Matt has great passing ability and awareness and loves to receive the ball, rarely wastes it and can certainly pressure the opposing holding midfield player that many teams have as a form of “quarter back” that makes teams tick.
If Rafa tried Matt Ritchie in this position then it opens up an opportunity for two wide men to get a look in.
Rolando Aarons has been rather unfortunate after a good pre-season, he was exceptional albeit against Bradford City, and performed well and scored a great goal against Notts Forest in the cup despite the defeat.
Murphy or Aarons would offer more pace than Ritchie down the wing, with Atsu on the other side, is then mouthwatering with the creative centre trio of Jonjo, Merino and Ritchie.
If we can add a left-back with pace, such as Kenedy, then we are truly set up as the new Leicester of the Premier League.
A low possession defensive minded team, with counter attacking qualities of precision passing and pace.