Surprise NUFC player tops Premier League chart 2 weeks running despite back to back defeats

According to the statisticians, Matt Ritchie has created more chances than any other player outside the ‘big six’ over the opening two weeks of the new 2021/22 season.

This comes from Twitter account ‘The Other 14’, who confirm that he created FIVE chances in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa and four in our opening day loss to West Ham.

It helps that he’s on set pieces, however these are impressive numbers from our left wing-back, seeing him outperform the likes of Adama Traore, Emi Buendia, Richarlison, Harvey Barnes, Ismalia Sarr and Raphinha in the creativity department.

Elsewhere at Newcastle, Allan Saint-Maximin is second on our list of key creators, having set up four chances in that 4-2 defeat to the Hammers.

See The Other 14’s ‘chances created’ tables below, seeing Ritchie sit on top of both:

I still maintain that Jamal Lewis is deserving of a chance and more suited to this 5-3-2 system that requires our wing-backs to get up and down the line, however this highlights Ritchie’s ability to put good balls into the box.

The issue is, we aren’t posing enough of a threat from open play, with our first shot on target coming 96 minutes into Saturday’s dismal defeat at Villa Park.

About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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