It was another horrible weekend for Newcastle, but at least Matt Ritchie’s performance was a positive for some people.
Some saw the Scotland international as one of few strong performers in black and white, with the Magpies losing 1-0 to Brighton.
Ritchie did his best to create chances for his teammates, providing crosses from both the left an the right, but to no avail.
The 29-year-old’s commitment to the club cannot be doubted. As always, Ritchie gave it his everything on Saturday, refusing to give up.
The former Bournemouth midfielder often sets the tempo for Newcastle, and he tried to do just that on Saturday.
However, his creative efforts didn’t result in any goals, much to the anger of every Geordie around.
Ritchie’s performance seems to have divided opinion, with some thinking he was poor against the Seagulls. For all his crossing and effort, it didn’t result in many chances for Rafa Benitez’s side.
What did the fans make of Ritchie’s performance?
On a positive note I thought Ritchie was excellent today. #nufc
— 罗伯特 (@trott3r) October 20, 2018
No urgency, no passion, no skill, no good…I hope Rafa sends out the U21s next week with Ritchie…might manage to grab a point that way! No plan B. A sorry state of affairs. Going down for sure #nufc
— Fraser Wallace (@FraserWWallace) October 20, 2018
I try so hard not to slate anyone because that squad has been lumped in the deep end but f**k me, only people I have any trust in are shelvey, ritchie and dummett #NUFC
— Rory Gerard Morris (@RoryMorriss) October 20, 2018
Get Ritchie off poor today
— Gordsa69Ham (@Gordsa69Nufc) October 20, 2018
I’d probably have taken Fernandez off for Murphy but that’s it. Ritchie didn’t play well, so could have taken him off for Joselu
— NUFC Gallowgate (@NUFCgallowgate) October 20, 2018
I like Ritchie but I never want to see him again. Epítome of NUFC. Plays hard, no quality.
— MdB (@MrCapMorgan) October 20, 2018
Some of the criticism of Ritchie seems harsh. While he isn’t the most talented player around, his energy is essential to how Newcastle set up.
Would we be doing better if we’d sold him this summer and brought in a replacement? I doubt it.