Benitez backs Ritchie to fill Townsend's boots.

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has backed new signing Matt Richie to fill the boots of Andros Townsend at St. James' Park.

The Spanish boss sold Townsend to Crystal Palace for £13m and decided to replace him with former Bournemouth star Richie - who the Magpies signed for £10m.

Newcastle also signed Dwight Gayle from Palace, and Benitez confident his new players will deliver.

He said as the quoted: “We have been following some wingers for a while and Matt was one of the best prospects for this team.

“He has great ability and pace, and as soon as we knew that Andros Townsend could be leaving, our priority was to finalise this deal.

“We have signed an exciting winger who has experience in the Championship but has also proved that he can step up to the top level. I am delighted that he is now part of our squad.”


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