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Newcastle United: Matt Ritchie’s brand new contract extension drives Toon Army crazy

Newcastle United: Matt Ritchie’s brand new contract extension drives Toon Army crazy - Newcastle United

A whole number of the Toon Army have reacted angrily after Newcastle United announced Matt Ritchie has signed a new three-year contract with the club. 

The 30-year-old told NUFC TV: “It’s obviously something that I wanted. Since I came to the club, it’s been a successful period and one that I want to continue being involved in. Hopefully I can be part of the future.

“When you sign at a club, you want to go there and make an impact and if you can be part of that club moving forward for a long time, it’s something that is nice. I moved around in my younger years on loan but to come somewhere and get settled and be part of the progress of the football club is great.”

The announcement has received a fair amount of criticism from a large portion of the Magpies’ fan base with many supporters questioning the logic behind the board’s decision. One fan remarked the midfielder is on a “downward trajectory” with another labelling Ritchie as a “weak link.”

Ritchie has scored 22 goals and created 26 assists in 139 appearances throughout his time at St James’ Park, having joined the club from Bournemouth in the summer of 2016, although the Scotsman has failed to score this season and only provided 1 assist in 14 games in all competitions (Transfermarkt).

The former Scottish international won 16 caps and scored 3 goals for the national team (Transfermarkt).

Newcastle face Premier League rivals Southampton tomorrow with both sides eager to break away from the relegation zone. Ritchie is one of the most experienced players in the squad and his influence on the younger players could prove vital towards the end of the season.

Take a look at some of the best reactions we could find on Twitter below…

Newcastle fans, what do you make of the board’s decision to hand Matt Ritchie a three-year extension? Leave us your thoughts in the comments section.


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