Newcastle fans have been slamming Matt Ritchie on Twitter after the winger was one of a number of players who struggled to make an impact during their goalless draw with Brighton on Saturday.
The Magpies went into their clash with the Seagulls off the back of a poor run of form. While there is no shame in losing to Manchester City and they beat West Ham just before Christmas, their lack of endeavour against City was alarming and their victory over David Moyes' men was the only time in 11 games before the clash with the Seagulls that they had won.
And their last game of 2017 provided little reason for optimism as the two promoted teams played out a goalless draw at St James' Park to leave Newcastle just one point above the bottom three in the Premier League.
One of the players who proved particularly disappointing on the pitch was Ritchie, and the supporters were less than happy with what they saw from the former Bournemouth man.
The £12 million winger - fee reported by the Daily Mail - was exceptional during his first year with Newcastle and began the year in the top flight in fantastic form, providing four assists in his first five Premier League appearances this term.
Since then however, he has contributed just one assist, and none since the end of November, and is still awaiting his first goal of the campaign. And after this latest lacklustre performance, the fans took to social media to express their disappointment at his recent displays.
Here is the best of the reaction...
No link between the defence and attack today. Jonjo needs to start games imo, he takes the ball and looks for the pass. Ritchie poor again today. Really feel for Rafa and the team, investment needed ASAP!! #NUFC— Phil Vowles (@PhilVowles) December 30, 2017
Fans in meltdown but truth is don't know where a home goal is going to come from joselu lovely kid but not a goalscorer Gayle needs to practise control and wtf has happened to Ritchie... hello #nufc— paul wandless (@wandless05) December 30, 2017
What is wrong with Matt Ritchie?— Laws (@DanBenLaws) December 30, 2017
Matt Ritchie has been awful since Burnley— Dylan Turnbull (@DylanTurnbull96) December 30, 2017
Gayle, Joselu, Atsu, Ritchie, Merino...all absolute rubbish today. What a poor performance #NUFC— Jake Oliver (@jolivernyc) December 30, 2017
Thats for certain. Ritchie is a shadow like hes been carrying the weight of the world. Scary how much hes fell off. Rafa tried taking him out subbing etc just hasnt got a response. We need players ready to impact instantly.— James Zielinski (@jameszielinski) December 30, 2017
For some reason, Matt Ritchie is looking completely out of his depth.— AbhijeetNUFC (@abhi_nufc) December 30, 2017
I understand Rafa has limited resources to use but have a go at them at least. Keeps picking players that aren’t performing. Ritchie has been awful for weeks, Joselu is awful nearly every game and Hayden is anonymous #NUFC— Matt Milne (@21Milner) December 30, 2017
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