Date: 20th July 2020 at 8:20pm
Written by: Shaun Williamson

Newcastle United’s season continues to peter out with the summer firmly in sight as they put in an absolute snoozefest of a display against Brighton this evening.

Neither the Magpies nor the Seagulls could break the deadlock, battling out for a 0-0 and it has left much of the St James’ Park faithful watching from home absolutely reeling, particularly by the performance from Matt Ritchie.

Steve Bruce named him at left wing-back despite all of their defensive injury woes and it clearly didn’t pay off.

Is Matt Ritchie good enough?

Yes, absolutely!

Yes, absolutely!

No way, get rid!

No way, get rid!

Ritchie took a hammering on social media throughout the match with supporters naming him everything from a “donkey” to being a “liability” whilst one fan went as far as suggesting that he’s not fit to feature in the Premier League.

Per SofaScore, the 30-year-old delivered just two accurate crosses from 12 attempts, lost possession 24 times and committed three fouls. It was a poor evening all round from the wide man.

Ritchie, who cost Toon just £12m back in 2016, was also blasted for being “reckless” and for being “shocking”.

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