A section of Newcastle supports are calling for the club to keep winger Matt Ritchie after a report linked the 28-year-old with a move away from the club.
The Chronicle report that Stoke City, Middlesbrough and Bournemouth are keen on signing the Scotland international.
— Chris Waugh (@ChrisDHWaugh) June 28, 2018
They reveal that Mike Ashley has put a £15million price-tag on Ritchie this summer, despite him being an important player at St.James Park.
One supporter said that Ritchie has been one of Newcastle’s better players and that, in his opinion, it would make no sense to sell him.
Football Insider has rounded up the best tweets from a section of Newcastle United supporters about potentially selling Ritchie:
Can someone from #NUFC explain to me that why are they’re considering selling Matt Ritchie ? For me he’s been one of our better players a leader works hard & scores important goals too it makes no sense if they sell him it’ll be suicide. Money is all they want #NUFC
— john_NUFC42 (@john_nufc42) June 28, 2018
Matt Ritchie epitomises what #nufc fans want to see so why would anyone want him to go, and for £15mil? Some of our fans shouldn’t be allowed on social media.
And at what point in the last 10 years has “selling someone to increase the kitty” ever actually worked? ????????♂️
— Nathan Nicholson (@JnathanN) June 28, 2018
The Daily Telegraph report that Stoke and Middlesbrough have held 'detailed discussions' with Newcastle about potential moves for Matt Ritchie. Not a player I'd like to see leave the club. Important on and off the field. #nufc
— Miles Starforth (@milesstarforth) June 28, 2018
A lot of people want to flog Matt Ritchie because they’ve already picked out a solid signing to replace him. Which is solid logic until the #NUFC recruitment team steps in. Charnley and all. Haggling to the death.
— NUFCThreatLevel (@NUFCThreatLevel) June 28, 2018
If we get rid of Ritchie #nufc will go into meltdown
— The Toon (@TheToon11) June 24, 2018
I honestly feel like packing it all in if Ritchie is sold.
I never will.
But that's how I feel.
— Burnsie ⚽???? NUFC ????️⚽ (@BenArfaChance) June 28, 2018
Is it only me who doesn’t want to sell Ritchie?
Work rate is immense, gives 100% & definitely would keep him!#NUFC
— Robbo! ????♂️ (@KraigRobbo_) June 28, 2018
Football Insider verdict:
The Newcastle fans are bang on, it would be madness to sell Matt Ritchie and it would be madness for Ritchie to want to go! The £15million price that has been quoted is low in comparison with other signings in the market, that wouldn’t be enough to adequately replace the Scot unless they see him as surplus to requirements at St. James Park. It would be a very weird decision to sell the 28-year-old after he featured so regularly for the club and helped them achieve their impressive 10th place Premier League finish last season. However, with Mike Ashley, money talks, so he could be tempted to sell should the price be right.
In other Newcastle United news, the club have made a bid for a Juventus and Italian international midfielder.