Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff singled out Matt Ritchie for praise in a recent interview with NUFC TV. Longstaff recalled the speculation surrounding his future in the summer and said that Ritchie helped him through it.
Longstaff has only just broken into the Newcastle first-team but that did not stop talk of a £50m move to Manchester United (Sky Sports News). The 21-year-old admitted this “distracted” him a bit but added that Ritchie helped him through it.
Speaking to NUFC TV, Longstaff said: “I speak to Matty Ritchie a lot, he’s someone I lean on in the squad. He tends to keep us grounded and he’s always there with good bits of advice.”
Ritchie is an underappreciated player in the Newcastle line-up. He is a model professional and rarely lets the team down. Operating in midfield or in a new left-wing-back role, the 30-year-old’s commitment, work rate and impact in the dressing room cannot be underestimated.
Here are some Newcastle fans discussing just how important Ritchie is in light of Longstaff’s comments.
Interesting how Longstaff reverts to Ritchie as a senior pro who he can rely on. Ritchie is the real deal. He is the player every team needs.
— AP (@amannufc) September 11, 2019
Yet another example as to why Richie should have the captain’s armband.
— AH (@we8sunlun) September 11, 2019
I’ve spoke to him about it a few times…
Doesn’t want it. Says hes way to outspoken and would upset more than he would help !!
Says hes not disciplined enough 😂
Got to admire his honesty!
— Simon Nicols (@sinicols) September 12, 2019
That is why we can’t get rid of Ritchie, he is a dressing room leader ad we need as many as we can get when we are fighting relegation each year.
— Angel😇 (@01dunnn) September 11, 2019
I couldn’t think of a better player to learn off.
— James (@jimbob171) September 11, 2019
I reckon Wor Sean is trying to insure himself against getting a Ritchie boot up the bum on field when he does something amazing aka Atsu
— Paz (@ianparry9) September 11, 2019