Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie has revealed to The Sun that he idolises former Chelsea and Real Madrid star Arjen Robben.
In 27 league appearances so far this campaign, the 25-year-old right-winger has scored seven goals and created 53 chances, while having a pass accuracy of 76% and a shot accuracy of 51%.
Former Portsmouth and Swindon Town star Ritchie has revealed that he wants to take his game to a higher level and wants to play like Bayern Munich winger Robben.
“When it comes to other players, I look at the top wingers and see what they do, especially inverted wingers,” the Englishman told The Sun.
“It’s my dream to play in the Premier League. Arjen Robben is a great example for me. If I could put one or two things he does into my game it would go a long way.
“I love his movement off the line and when to run in behind, the extra pass he plays in the box. He’s bright, he’s sharp, he moves it inside on to his left foot and he’s a world-class player.”
Robben is one of the best wingers in football and has been so for a number of years, which means that Ritchie has picked the perfect role model for his game.
At 25, Ritchie still has time to improve his game and add more facets in order to prepare himself for the Premier League.
Bournemouth are having a great season and are in firm contention of automatic promotion to the English top flight.
Eddie Howe’s side are currently a point clear at the top of the Championship table with 51 points from 27 matches.