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Newcastle fans take to Twitter to praise excellent Ritchie on role change

Newcastle fans take to Twitter to praise excellent Ritchie on role change

Newcastle fans have finally got a reason to smile again. The Magpies currently sit 6th in the Premier League’s form table over the last five games, ahead of league leaders Liverpool. One man who they can thank for that is the tireless Matt Ritchie, who has been a key figure in their recent form since he changed his game to become a wing-back.

Rafa Benitez obviously saw all that he needed to see in his Scottish winger and made the change to convert him from an attacking outlet to a wing-back who can put his engine to use at both ends of the pitch, and that is exactly what the Scotsman has done, and to great effect. Against Huddersfield on Saturday the 29-year-old was sublime and he’ll be keen to keep up his good form.

With Ritchie on one side of the Magpies back three and DeAndre Yedlin on the other Benitez has found the perfect mix of raw pace and work rate and his side is thriving because of it. The change probably wouldn’t have been able to be made to full effect without the signing of Miguel Almiron, who is stepping into Ritchie’s old role further up the pitch, but just the fact that the ex-Bournemouth man has been so able to switch his position is something that the Magpies have loved.

You can read the Geordies’ verdict on Ritchie here:

The Geordies cannot get enough of Ritchie in his current form and will hope his levels don’t drop given how string he’s been down the left.

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