Why Matt Ritchie would be the perfect signing for Newcastle in battle for instant promotion

General view outside St James' Park

The Bournemouth winger has been linked with Newcastle United.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

According to a recent report from the Sun, Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is lining up a £10million bid for Bournemouth player Matt Ritchie as he fears Andros Townsend could leave St James’ Park this summer.

Townsend only arrived at the Magpies in January but his form since means he has a number of top flight suitors who could tempt him away.

Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie has a shot at goal

If that happens, Newcastle will need a new prolific winger and in truth Ritchie would be a superb addition – exactly what Benitez needs as he bids to earn immediate promotion back to the Premier League.

Ritchie had a decent season for the Cherries following their promotion, scoring four goals and providing six assists as he featured regularly for Eddie Howe’s side. But it was the year before when he really shone, scoring 15 goals and setting up 18 more in his side’s promotion charge.

Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie celebrates scoring their first goal

As a result it is clear Ritchie can perform consistently in the Championship and that is what Newcastle need: players who can perform week in, week out, scoring, creating and ultimately ensuring the Magpies’ stay in the second tier is as short as possible.

There is little doubt Townsend would be superb in the Championship but as far as ready-made replacements go, Ritchie is near the top.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

He would also know he has unfinished business in the Premier League and will fight tooth and nail to get back there as soon as possible.

However, such is his importance to Bournemouth he may stay exactly where he is rather than taking a step down at this stage of his career.

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