Gini Wijnaldum is not only Newcastle United’s star performer this season, he also features in the official top 10 Premier League performers overall.

Only six other PL players are deemed to have contributed more than Wijnaldum, with Leicester striker Jamie Vardy right at the top.

Payet, Sanchez, Mahrez, Lukaku and Aguero are the other players who are currently ahead of Wijnaldum.

Though what makes the Dutch midfielder’s seventh placing all the more impressive, is that he has done it playing for a (currently…!) bottom three club, whilst every other player in the top 10 plays for a team who are in the top half of the table at this moment in time.

The Premier League official stats use the EA Sports Player Performer Index to rate all players and below you will find the op 10 players so far this season, with the overall index score before each name.

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.

EA Sports Premier League Player Performance Index

270 Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

256 Dimitri Payet (West Ham)

241 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

230 Riyad Mahrez (Leicester)

214 Romelu Lukaku (Everton)

202 Sergio Aguero (Man City)

195 Gini Wijnaldum (Newcastle)

190 Raheem Sterling (Man City)

189 Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace)

181 Juan Mata (Man Utd)

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.