Two Newcastle players have made the Official Premier League Team of the week, with not surprisingly Gini Wijnaldum coasting into this top eleven of matches spread over the weekend.

The Dutch maestro is rewarded for his performance with by far the highest mark for any player this weekend, Wijnaldum accumulating 96 points, fully 26 above Wilfried Bony who scored 70 for his part in Manchester City’s 5-1 demolition of Bournemouth.

A second player from NUFC has also made this Premier League team, with Moussa Sissoko winning a place thanks in the main to the assists he lined up for his teammates.

Great to see both individuals and the team getting recognition after such an abysmal opening to the season.

Here’s hoping we see both attacking AND defensive Newcastle players in next weekend’s Premier League top performers….

EA Sports Player Performer Index (PPI) is the official Premier League system using a comprehensive range of statistics to provide objective analysis as to which players are playing the best and why.

As a comparison you may want to view the player ratings from the weekend by Newcastle fans using our interactive player ratings system, click HERE to  view them.

The top eleven Premier League players in their position from this weekend’s ratings, with number of points for each player preceding their name.

Premier League Team Of The Week

16 David de Gea (Man Utd)

27 HectorBellerin (Arsenal)

33 Jose Fonte (Southampton)

35 Virgil van Dijk (Southampton)

31 Carl Jenkinson (West Ham)

4o Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle)

47 Ander Herrera (Man Utd)

96 Gini Wijnaldum (Newcastle)

42 Manuel Lanzini (West Ham)

70 Wilfried Bony (Man City)

60 Raheem Sterling (Man City)

The EA Sports performance index uses six different criteria:

Winning – points are awarded for time on the pitch in a team that wins.

Player performance – points go to those who have a positive influence on a winning performance (shots on target, tackles, clearances, saves etc) while points are taken off for negatives such as shots off target or red/yellow cards.

Time on pitch – the longer a player is on the pitch the more points awarded.

Goals scored – self-explanatory.

Assists – credit for whoever on the scoring team last touches the ball on the before the scorer, such as Janmaat who crossed for Cisse’s strike.

Clean sheet– the whole team is given credit for this but points are allocated by position in the team, so goalkeeper gets biggest share, then defenders and so on.