In this article I will be counting down Newcastle’s best three players this season.
Player Three: Matt Ritchie
Matt Ritchie was signed from Bournemouth for a fee of between £10 million and £12 million last summer. The Scotsman has made the most appearances for Newcastle this season with 47 appearances in all competitions. Combined, Ritchie has 18 goals and assists (broken up into 7 assists and 11 goals). Ritchie’s a player that wears his heart on his sleeve and isn’t afraid to show his passion, something I always want to see in a player. He and Yedlin have created a formidable partnership down the right-hand side. He is instrumental in success for the team and deserves to be mentioned in this list.
Player Two: Dwight Gayle
Dwight Gayle is another player who was signed last summer, this time for around £9 million from Crystal Palace. In my opinion, at least, Gayle is the best striker in the league. So far he’s netted 22 league goals, three behind leading goalscorer Chris Wood. The Englishman has been Newcastle’s main source of goals this season. A fact you may not know is that Gayle is the first Newcastle player to score over 20 goals in a season since Alan Shearer in the 2003/04 season. He would’ve easily scored 30 goals this season if it wasn’t for his reoccurring hamstring injury.
Player One: Jonjo Shelvey
The final player on this list is Jonjo Shelvey. Shelvey has been at the club a little bit longer, joining from Swansea for £12 million in January of 2016. I can’t stress in writing just how important Shelvey is to the team. He is the creator, orchestrator, and heartbeat of the team. Every attack comes from something he’s created. Not only is he Newcastle’s best player, but he’s the best player in the league (in my opinion anyway). To see how influential he is, watch matches when he plays and then compare that to matches when he doesn’t play. He deserves to be top of this list.
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