Date: 5th March 2016 at 6:00pm
Written by:

Name: Matt Ritchie
Position: Winger

8th August 2015 - Barclays Premier League - AFC Bournemouth v Aston Villa - Matt Ritchie of Bournemouth - Photo: Paul Roberts / Offside.

Winger Ritchie netted the Cherries consolation goal against Stoke City last month.

Just four points were snapped up by Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth throughout February. January signing Benik Afobe came close to winning this gong, but winger Matt Ritchie snatches the club’s Player of the Month award after numerous exciting displays from the Scotland international.

The 26-year-old; who has seven international caps for his country, has proven his Premier League pedigree throughout this campaign for the newly promoted outfit, especially in the absence of last season’s top goalscorer Callum Wilson through injury.

Ritchie, who arrived at the Vitality Stadium from League One side Swindon Town back in January 2013 in a deal worth a reported £400,000, made the scoreline more respectable against Stoke City during Bournemouth’s 3-1 home defeat to the Potters a day before Valentine’s Day.

The Scottish star has already shone during the Cherries’ opening February fixture in their impressive 2-1 win over Crystal Palace, and was a constant menacing attacking threat against Watford during their goalless encounter with the Hornets last Saturday.

Furthermore; Ritchie kicked off March’s proceedings with a lovely assisted free-kick which striker Afobe tucked away neatly to help defeat south coast rivals Southampton on Tuesday night to send Howe’s men eight points clear of the drop zone.

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