Newcastle United fans have taken to Twitter to annihilate Matt Ritchie for his performance in the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Ritchie, 28, has been a mainstay of Rafa Benitez’s side this season but many fans feel as though he is not up to the standard of Premier League football after a dismal showing in London.
Newcastle marched into an early lead after Dwight Gayle made the most of a defensive mix-up but the hosts soon bounced back with goals from Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata.
In the second-half, Ritchie gave away a penalty by hauling down Victor Moses in the box, allowing Hazard to net his second.
It seemed that Scotland international Ritchie was being deployed as a left wing-back by Benitez, but many don’t believe that he has the defensive abilities to fulfill such a role, especially when trying to stop a cross – a weakness that was exposed by West Brom on Tuesday too.
Although it wasn’t the best performance all around by Newcastle against the Premier League champions, fans still highlighted Ritchie as underperforming more than anyone else, with one supporter saying that the key player was “garbage”.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Ritchie has cost us 2 needless goals today ????#NUFC
— Ben (@Grindle__) December 2, 2017
Ritchie proving once again that he isnt a premier league quality player. Been absolutely found out at this level. Hasnt had a good game yet this season #nufc
— Josh Stewart (@JoshNUFC91) December 2, 2017
Ritchie has cost us a few goals last few games like, needs to work on his defending more especially in these games!!!! #nufc
— Jordan Ainsley (@19jord96) December 2, 2017
That was shocking from Ritchie #NUFC
— Stu Renton (@lRodneyTrotterl) December 2, 2017
Sub off Matt Ritchie now #NUFC
— Adam (@AdamLittle99) December 2, 2017
What is Ritchie thinking not just knocking that back to Darlow! Absolutly awful man! #NUFC
— Nathan Rees (@nathanrees92) December 2, 2017
Ritchie garbage again. Needs dropping #NUFC
— Will Smith (@smithywill) December 2, 2017
Poor goals conceded by #nufc. Ritchie at fault again yet blames others. Gayle needs to push further up the pitch to stretch Chelsea.
— Daniel White (@danwhitepr) December 2, 2017
Ritchie at fault for two goals now #NUFC
— Graeme Monaghan (@m0nasnyr99) December 2, 2017
Drop Matt Ritchie please. Hes been a liability for us lately #nufc
— Iain Deighton (@Iain_Deighton) December 2, 2017
Ritchie has made 16 appearances across all competitions this season, starting every single Premier League fixture.
He has supplied six assists in the process so definitely has a major impact in the Magpies attack.
In other Newcastle United news, the Magpies have submitted a stunning bid for a striker that is sure to get fans’ blood boiling.