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Matt Ritchie

Position:
Defender
Date signed:
1st July 2016

A winger-turned-wing-back, Ritchie's passion and consistency has made him a mainstay of the United squad since his arrival from Bournemouth in the summer of 2016.

The Hampshire-born player joined the academy at local side Portsmouth aged 13 and after breaking into the first team set-up, he was loaned to Dagenham and Redbridge, where he made his Football League debut in 2008.

Further loan spells to Notts County and Swindon Town followed and after ten appearances for parent club Pompey, he made a permanent switch to Swindon in January 2011.

Despite picking up the club’s player of the year award, the Robins were relegated to League Two but Ritchie’s outstanding form helped the club to bounce straight back with the title - earning him the League Two player of the year for 2011/12.

After a positive start to the 2012/13 campaign, he was snapped up by AFC Bournemouth in January and he was again named his division’s player of the year - this time in League One.

Achieving incredible back-to-back promotions with the Cherries, he was a Premier League player by 2015/16 and stood out in both matches against the Magpies - scoring at St. James’ Park.

He would prove his worth in a promotion-chasing campaign once again after joining Newcastle, playing a starring role as Rafa Benítez's side won the Championship in 2017.

Ritchie has remained a vital and popular member of the playing staff at St. James', with recent seasons seeing the Scotland international successfully revert to a deeper role on the left flank.

Full Name:
Matt Ritchie
Position:
Defender
Squad Number:
11
Nationality:
Scottish
Date of birth:
10th September 1989
Place of birth:
Gosport, England
Height:
172
Weight:
76
Date signed:
1st July 2016
Debut:
5th August 2016 v Fulham (A)
First Team Appearances:
24
Previous club:
Portsmouth, Dagenham & Redbridge (loan), Notts County (loan), Swindon Town (loan), Swindon Town, AFC Bournemouth
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Matt Ritchie
First Team Appearances This Season
13

Goals
0
Big Chances
2
Fouls
13
Tackles
21
Interceptions
7
Minutes Played
1147
Tackles Won and lost
14 / 7
Duels Won and Lost
45 / 51
Aerial duels Won / Lost
33 / 17
Touches
731
Interceptions
7
Clearances
20
Fouls
13

Cards

5 0

Goals

Left Foot
0
Right Foot
0
Head
0
Penalty
0
Short Balls
333 %
Long Balls
83 %
Pass success rate
73.82
Total Passes
416
Key Passses
26
Crosses
96
Shots on Target
5
Shots off Target
4
Blocks
0

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