Newcastle United were gutted to earn just a 1-1 draw away to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night in the Premier League, but there were plenty of positives to take away.
The Magpies looked set for three points due to Isaac Hayden’s opener, before Willy Boly netted a 95th minute equaliser.
Rafael Benitez’s side are just a point above the relegation zone, but have a kind fixture list coming up and have some players in-form.
Matt Ritchie is someone that has become a pivotal player at St James’ Park and is a mainstay in Benitez’s team.
The Scotsman, who earns £45,000-a-week (Spotrac), should be commended for his transformation in recent times.
He is a winger by trade that usually plays in advanced positions, but has had to slot in at full-back due to injuries for Newcastle.
Ritchie has been deployed as the left wing-back recently and proved against Wolves how he’s taken the position with relative ease.
The 29-year-old made numerous blocks and clearances at Molineux to prove that the defensive side of his game is improving, which he adds quality going forward with his set-piece delivery too.
Ritchie is an unsung hero in the group and it’s no surprise he’s a regular starter due to his versatility and work-rate.