Gini Wijnaldum has picked up all kinds of plaudits with his four goal show against Norwich City.
The Dutch midfielder’s performance on Sunday has catapulted him 157 places up the power rankings, with him now sitting fifth top.
The Power Rankings are a system developed by Sky Sports to reflect a player’s performance over the previous five weeks (of games) – each preceding week is worth fewer points.
This means that the Power Rankings reflect the most in-form players of the moment, with your most recent match the most important and then working backwards/down in terms of importance.
After each set of matches the power rankings are updated, with a list of the top 50 players that week published, plus the top 50 over the course of the last five weeks.
Until this week, Newcastle didn’t have a single player in either top 50, though it was significant that even then, Wijnaldum was still United’s top ranked player.
Despite his disappointments with Holland, everything good that has happened in recent matches has seen the former PSV midfielder involved.
Before the four goal display on Sunday, it was Wijnadlum who got the assist for Mitrovic’s goal v Manchester City and the game before that he scored against Chelsea.
Now he has been propelled into the company of the best and currently most consistent players in the Premier League, headed by Alexis Sanchez.
This week he earned 8,369 points, which was fully 1,598 more than the next highest points earner, Raheem Sterling, who scored a mere hat-trick against Bournemouth.
Interesting to see that a number of defenders who were available in the summer are in that top ten, with Virgil van Dijk, Glen Johnson and Carl Jenkinson all performing – three players that were linked (along with many others) with Newcastle earlier this year.
Let’s hope one or two Newcastle defenders get somewhere close to the upper reaches sometime soon.