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Jamie Redknapp defends Newcastle United star after naming him in his team of the weekend

1 month ago
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I don’t always agree with what Jamie Redknapp has to say but on this occasion I think he is very much on the money.

The former Liverpool and England midfielder has chosen his team of the weekend.

Combining Premier League and FA Cup games, choosing his best eleven players.

Included in that is Matt Ritchie after his magnificent strike at Bournemouth.

So I obviously agree with his inclusion in the team of the weekend but that isn’t my point.

Instead it is what Jamie Redknapp has had to say about goal celebrations, or rather the usual lack of them.

Redknapp contrasting Ritchie’s celebration with the non-event after Ryan Babel scored against former club Liverpool on Sunday.

It has gone to ridiculous lengths now where so many players don’t celebrate a goal, even if they played relatively few games for the club they just scored against.

With so many players moving around so much these days, especially on loan, some footballers won’t be able to celebrate against any number of clubs if they stick to this daft idea.

People say that not celebrating is showing respect for their previous club but I think not celebrating is showing a lack of respect for your current club.

As Jamie Redknapp says: ‘It is right that he (Matt Ritchie) should want to celebrate with the fans who had made the 350-mile trip down.’

Obviously there are limits and you don’t expect somebody in Ritchie’s position to taunt his former fans in any way – but 100% no harm in celebrating as he did when running to the Newcastle fans on Saturday after THAT goal.

Jamie Redknapp talking to The Mail:

“I have no problem with Matt Ritchie celebrating his goal at Bournemouth.

“He may have spent four successful seasons on the south coast but his only focus now is securing Newcastle’s Premier League status.

“It is right that he should want to celebrate with the fans who had made the 350-mile trip down.

“I’d rather that than Ryan Babel’s non-celebration for Fulham against former club Liverpool!”

Jamie Redknapp picks his team of the weekend:

Ryan (Brighton)

Jonny (Wolves)

Morgan (Leicester)

Pearce (Millwall)

Coleman (Everton)

Ritchie (Newcastle United)

Capoue (Watford)

Celina (Swansea)

Jimenez (Wolves)

Hernandez (West Ham)

Mane (Liverpool)

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