Newcastle summer signing Matt Ritchie suggests what attributes a squad needs for Championship success

General view outside St James' Park

The winger has previously enjoyed success in the second tier.

Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie in actionMatt Ritchie playing for former club Bournemouth

Matt Ritchie has outlined the main attributes that a squad needs to be successful in the Championship, and insisted that new club Newcastle have all of them covered, the Chronicle reports.

The 26-year-old was previously part of the Bournemouth squad that clinched the title in the second tier just over a year ago. And he is hoping to repeat the achievement this year with the Magpies having recently completed a £12m move to St James' Park (via Chronicle).

Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie celebrates scoring their first goal

Encouragingly, Ritchie is confident that his new side tick all the boxes when it comes to what is needed to succeed at that level.

"I think you need a mixture of quality, hard work and togetherness in the Championship. You need a bit of everything, and I think that's what the gaffer's building here, in training, with what I've seen so far," he told the Chronicle.

"We've already got all of that, so hopefully we can have a real successful season."

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez

Although the Scotland international's comments may seem like the kind of rhetoric that you would expect ahead of a new season, the fact that he has left a side that only briefly flirted with the Premier League relegation battle last season and dropped down a division suggests that he is hugely confident that Rafael Benitez's men can surpass the Cherries' current level.

With the club's record under Benitez being much better than it had previously been, it could be argued that the team have gone down with more optimism than any other side that have been relegated previously have possessed.

That positivity around the club appears to have helped them convince some of their better players to stay, and has also enhanced their chances of landing the kind of signings - like Ritchie and Dwight Gayle - that add the qualities that the wide-man spoke about being vitally important, thus boosting their promotion hopes enormously. 

General view outside St James' Park

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