Steve Bruce gives verdict on Newcastle United's Matt Ritchie's display against Arsenal

Matt Ritchie (R) celebrates after he finishes off a Jonjo Shelvey cross for the third Newcastle goal during the FA Cup third round replay between Newcastle United and Birmingham City at St...

Newcastle United man Matt Ritchie was part of the team which lost 1-0 to Arsenal on opening day.

Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on August 11, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Steve Bruce has called Matt Ritchie ‘terrific’ in the Shields Gazette, just a day after the Newcastle United utility man admitted that he wasn’t good enough.

Ritchie was required to play at both left-wing back and central midfield in Newcastle’s opening Premier League fixture against Arsenal.

Newcastle were beaten 1-0 at St. James’ Park in the contest, and Ritchie was harsh on himself after the game.

 

He said to the Daily Mail: “The quality wasn't quite there in the final third - speaking for myself, really, I feel I should have had a shot on one and there was one cross that I felt I should have done better with personally.”

However, new Newcastle boss Bruce has a very different opinion on Ritchie’s performance.

Bruce suggested that he thought the £10 million winger (Daily Mirror) was one of Newcastle’s best players on the day.

“I thought he was terrific,” he said. “He’s full of life, full of energy. I was delighted with him.”

Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on August 11, 2019 in...

The reaction to Bruce’s first defeat at Newcastle has not been positive.

Already the experienced boss is under pressure, especially after he decided to bring on Jetro Willems for Jonjo Shelvey, only to see the substitution backfire.

Willems made an error soon after coming on which allowed Arsenal to score, in what was a tight game.

Newcastle’s next match comes against newly promoted Norwich City at the weekend.

Morgan Schneiderlin of Everton and Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United battle for possession which injures Matt Ritchie during the Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at...

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