Matt Ritchie has barely played for Newcastle United this season, and will reportedly be allowed to leave the club in January.
The 33-year-old has been a Toon player since 2016, but his time as a Magpie could now come to an end in 2023.
Ritchie has barely featured under Eddie Howe this season. The midfielder has been limited to just two appearances, one of which was starting in the League Cup victory over Tranmere Rovers.
His other appearance was a last minute cameo off the bench against Wolves in the Premier League, where he probably didn’t even touch the ball.
Ritchie has missed the last eight games due to injury, and it is unclear when he will return to the squad.
And given the latest update regarding the former Bournemouth man, there could be a chance that we never see him play for Newcastle again.
Ritchie allowed to leave Newcastle
‘Transfer insider’ Dean Jones has spoken to Give Me Sport, and has relayed some information he has heard about Ritchie’s future.
“I’ve been told that he [Ritchie] is a player that has been told he can go in the New Year,” he said.
“I know there has been some interest from America, there are MLS clubs that like him, so that might be an avenue that opens up to him.”
Ritchie has been vital for the Magpies
If Ritchie does leave Newcastle in January, he will receive a fond farewell from the Toon Army. He represented the club during a difficult period, and always gave his all.
He was exceptional in the Championship when he first arrived, and went on to be a somewhat reliable left wing-back under Rafa Benitez.
Ritchie has epitomised the fighting spirit at St James’ Park, and has seemingly been a brilliant character in the dressing room.
Despite barely picking him, Eddie Howe has always heaped praise on Ritchie. The Toon boss called him an ‘integral‘ player last season following the Magpies’ surge up the Premier League table. That’s despite the fact he made just two substitute appearances in the second half of last season.
With standards raising and Ritchie ageing, it feels like his time on Tyneside has to be coming to an end. It would be no surprise if he is moved on when the January transfer window opens.