Matt Ritchie recognised by Premier League
Matt Ritchie has picked up an award.
The Premier League presenting him with a plaque and medallion for reaching 100 appearances in the Premier League.
He started 33 and was sub in another 4 for Bournemouth in 2015/16.
Then last season for Newcastle it was 32 Premier League starts and 3 from the bench, before 28 and 1 so far this season.
Newcastle say his 100th PL game was Burnley but by my counting that was his 98th, with the 100th coming in the 3-2 win over Everton.
In these 101 PL appearances, Matt Ritchie has scored 9 goals and got 15 assists.
However, in his last two Championship seasons for Bournemouth and Newcastle, in 84 starts and 4 sub appearances, Ritchie got 27 goals and 24 assists.
Obviously it is never going to be as easy in the top tier but certainly the further up the pitch Rafa can get him, the more goals and assists you’ll get from the workaholic winger/wing-back.
Newcastle United official announcement:
‘Newcastle United’s Matt Ritchie has received an award from the Premier League to mark his 100th top flight appearance.
The former Bournemouth winger clocked up his century in the 2-0 win over Burnley at St. James’ Park last month, and has been presented with a commemorative award to mark the milestone.
Since the 2017/18 season, Premier League Milestones, in association with Cadbury, have been awarded to players who have reached 100, 200 and 300 appearances in England’s top division, with each recipient being given a medallion and a plaque to honour the achievement.
Twenty-nine-year-old Ritchie made his Premier League bow for his first club Portsmouth in April 2010, before netting his first goal in the division during his time with the Cherries in September 2015.
After making the switch to St. James’ Park in the summer of 2016, Ritchie has played 118 times for the Magpies, with 64 of those coming in the top flight. In all, the winger has made 103 Premier League appearances, scoring nine goals – including five for United and one in his most recent outing, against former club Bournemouth.’
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