As reported by the Chronicle, Rafa Benitez has praised Matt Ritchie for his ‘contagious’ enthusiasm.
Following Ritchie’s brilliant performance at the weekend, Benitez said: “We knew we were signing a good player, but at the same time, the way he has approached every game gives the others confidence.
“It is contagious and he gives so much in his game that the others have to follow him.
“That is always positive for the team.”
However, despite his manager’s praise, Ritchie insists that this is just his nature, with the Scotland winger saying: “I’m not very good at biting my tongue. I’ve seen players get some abuse on Twitter and things like that.
“There are fines in place, and I’m a little tight, so I wouldn’t want to be paying fines if I was chewing back on Twitter.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a conscious decision.
Hopefully Ritchie can continue to inspire his teammates and help lead the side to promotion.