Newcastle United appear to be in a bleak situation during the international break, with just two points on the board from their opening eight Premier League matches.
But they have a much more favourable fixture list just around the corner and it should present Rafael Benitez’s side with the chance to climb out of the relegation zone.
The Magpies showed enough quality in their 3-2 defeat to Manchester United to suggest they can get out of this tricky situation and need their best player to step up to the mark.
Matt Ritchie is one of the first-team regulars that has been quiet at the beginning of the campaign and manager Benitez needs him now more than ever to be at his best.
The right-winger, who cost £12million (Daily Mail) two years ago, has become a popular figure at St James’ Park.
He’s a wide man that always shows a brilliant work-rate to see out his defensive duties, but Newcastle need him now to make the difference in the final third.
Ritchie, 29, started the campaign with a stunning assist for Joselu in a defeat to Tottenham and since then has failed to be involved in a single goal this season.
The left-footed ace needs to try be more clinical in the final and he proved at former club Bournemouth he is capable of being a consistent goalscorer.