Newcastle United suffered their fourth successive Premier League defeat as they were beaten 3-0 by Watford at St James Park on Saturday, and Magpies fans weren’t impressed with Matt Ritchie’s performance.
The 28-year-old continued his run of starting every top flight game this term against the Hornets, but he struggled to make a positive impact at both ends of the pitch at the weekend.
The Scotland international is without a goal or assist in his last eight league games, while he struggled to give right-back DeAndre Yedlin the required cover on Saturday as Richarlison and Marvin Zeegelaar dominated on the left side for the visitors, with the latter setting up the first two goals.
Newcastle supporters were quick to have their say on their winger’s display via social media, and while one labelled him a “complete fraud”, another said “don’t think Ritchie is cut out for the Prem”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
What does Matt Ritchie actually do? #NUFC
— Scott McWilliams (@NormingAbout) November 26, 2017
I thought Murphy did really well, he was the only one who actually wanted to take people on, Ritchie isn't doing that at the moment. Yes his final ball was poor but a run in the team will see that improve however we have nothing up front to aim for! #NUFCِ
— Paul (@TheToonReview) November 26, 2017
Yedlin getting a lot of criticism for yesterday, wasn’t he just doing what all fullbacks are taught? Tuck in when ball is at opposite side of pitch and winger tucks in alongside? Ritchie didn’t do that. Blame lies with him IMO. #NUFC
— Andy Armstrong (@ArmstrongAndy93) November 26, 2017
After watching the highlights from yesterday, 2 things need to be done. 1 drop Ritchie for Aaron's on Tuesday. And make sure Joselu is nowhere near the team. #Nufc
— Dan Nicholson (@dnicholson93) November 26, 2017
Thought Ritchie was clueless today, at fault for at least one of the goals, too busy complaining to the officials for decisions and too slow to do anything when he’s got the ball! #NUFCِ
— Peter Frame (@PeterFrame_) November 25, 2017
MIDFIELD: Murphy ok needs game time, Shelvey too deep, not mobile enough and too many Hollywood balls and not enough goals in him, Diame shouldn’t even make bench, Ritchie headless chicken works hard no end product and rarely misses first man on crosses #NUFC
— Mark Tserkezie (@MarkTserkezie) November 25, 2017
#NUFC Some of our players complete frauds! Includes Ritchie and Shelvey, who can do no wrong according to some folk, who readily criticise others in team.
— ✊WallsendMag✊ (@pubester) November 25, 2017
— Cormac Poland (@Cormac007) November 25, 2017
Murphy, Gayle, joselu, yedlin, Diame all poor but surprised to see Ritchie play so poorly too. #nufc
— Pub League MVP (@m1spike) November 25, 2017