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Ritchie happy playing at wing-back for Newcastle

Matt Ritchie says he's been happy playing at wing-back for Newcastle United.

The Scot thinks his in-match intelligence and general understanding of the game has improved because of the positional change.

“I'm really enjoying it," Ritchie told the Evening Chronicle when asked about how he was feeling playing as a left wing-back.

"We've spent quite a lot of time playing with a front three - with Ronny, Miguel and Ayo - and, if you're playing as a wide player in that formation, you have to be a real threat in behind.

"My strength isn't really running behind. Don't get me wrong, if we were a total football team it would be different, and it was different in the Championship because we had a lot of the ball.

"But, with the team we have now in the Premier League, we're a bit more counter-attacking. I enjoy playing wing-back - I get a lot more of the ball than I did higher up the pitch."

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