Like many of his teammates, Gini Wijnaldum didn’t have the greatest of games on Saturday.
The Bournemouth match passed most of the players by but Wijnaldum did make one key contribution, his clever piece of play releasing Ayoze Perez to score the vital goal.
The attacking Dutch midfielder has fed on scraps this season yet despite this he is one of the highest rated Premier League players in their official ratings.
The Premier League uses the EA Sports player performance index to judge players over the course of the season and Wijnaldum is currently ranked eighth best in the league after 12 matches.
Newcastle are crying out for a playmaker and the former PSV midfielder would relish having somebody who could pick out his clever runs into and around the box, rather than having to rely on the odd break here and there.
Having such a natural finisher as Wijnaldum in your team is a bit of a waste when you aren’t giving him the right service.
Something that Aleksandar Mitrovic will feel the same about, the Serbian striker scoring the majority of his goals with his head in past seasons and yet Newcastle starving him of crosses.
As you can see, Wijnaldum is in decent company and whilst any ratings system will have its flaws, with six goals from midfield and assists such as Saturday’s, the Dutch midfielder has made an excellent job of showing his quality so early in his Premier League career.
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 directly 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.