Lee Ryder has criticised the performance of Matt Ritchie as Newcastle United lost 2-1 away to Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
The Lowdown: Slippery slope
The Magpies are going down a bit of a slippery slope at the moment, with still no wins and a mere three points from their first seven games in the Premier League, as they currently linger in 19th spot in the table (Premier League).
The international break has come at the right time for Steve Bruce and his team, who will look to regroup and try to fix what is happening on the pitch.
The Latest: Ryder on Ritchie
Writing in his latest piece for The Chronicle, while a lot of Newcastle players received criticism from Ryder, he was particularly critical of Ritchie’s performance.
The journalist claimed that the 32-year-old ‘lacked quality’ in terms of his distribution and gave him a mere 4/10 overall rating, the joint-second lowest out of any of his teammates.
The Verdict: Must do better
Ritchie, who is currently on £39,000 per week at St James’ Park, did not have his best game at Molineux as he lost out on three of his duels and also failed to record a single dribble, clearance or block from left-back (Sofascore).
As Ryder pointed out, the Scotland international was only successful with two out of his 12 attempted crosses in the match, while he also lost possession of the ball on 20 separate occasions, the joint-third most of any player on the pitch (Sofascore).
Indeed it was a day to forget for both Ritchie as well as Newcastle as a whole.
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