By Russell Edge

4th Feb, 2018 | 4:10pm

First team stalwart fights for future: Three things learned about Newcastle v Crystal Palace

Ritchie fighting for future

The Scottish international has been a stalwart in the Magpies’ first team this season but with performances like the one he put in at Selhurst Park, there must be questions whether he should continue to be used so regularly.
He has struggled to have had the same sort of impact he did at the start of the season, and with Kenedy and Jonjo Shelvey taking on set piece duties, he did not have much to do against the Eagles.
The Chelsea loanee has started the last two games and with Christian Atsu and Jacob Murphy also vying for a starting role on either of the wings, Benitez must be wondering whether Ritchie’s lack of impact deserves the axe.
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