After the backs to the wall gritty win against Bournemouth, it is no surprise that one Newcastle player has made the official Premier League team of the week.
However, anybody who thought it was Rob Elliot…is wrong.
That’s right, Jack Butland was rated higher by the EA Sports Player Performer Index for his display against Chelsea, Stoke beating last season’s champions 1-0.
So who is this mystery Newcastle player who deserves to be rated in the top 11 Premier League players (see full team below) this week?
Step forward Ayoze Perez.
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.
If you look at their criteria below then you can see how it kind of makes sense…
The EA Sports performance index uses six different criteria:
Winning – points are awarded for time on the pitch in a team that wins.
Perez was on the pitch for all but the final 13 minutes and of course Newcastle won.
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.
Ayoze Perez scored the winner, didn’t pick up a booking and didn’t have any shots off target because we didn’t have any more chances!
Time on pitch – the longer a player is on the pitch the more points awarded.
As above, Perez was on the pitch for the firts 77 minutes.
Goals scored – self-explanatory.
The Spaniard scored the only goal of the game.
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.
Ayoze Perez would have picked up additional points for the clean sheet as well!
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
17 Jack Butland (Stoke)
21 Maya Yoshida (Southampton)
47 Scott Dann (Crystal Palace)
23 Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal)
23 Aleksandar Kolarov (Man City)
44 Dusan Tadic (Southampton)
42 Jonathan Howson (Norwich)
36 N’Golo Kante (Leicester)
35 Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace)
32 Ayoze Perez (Newcastle United)
41 Jamie Vardy (Leicester)