Gini Wijnaldum is back in the official top 10 Premier League performers for the season.
After suffering like the rest of his teammates against both Palace and Leicester, the Newcastle midfielder has moved back into the top 10 players of this campaign thanks to a man of the match display against Liverpool and a less stand out but grafting performance at White Hart Lane.
No surprise to see Leicester pair, striker Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez right at the top.
Whilst the supporting cast of Payet, Sanchez, Ighalo, Lukaku, Barkley, Kane and Ozil, are all undoubtedly players who have done very well this season.
Newcastle are by far the lowest ranked club to have a player in this top 10, which gives Gini Wijnaldum even more credit.
To find the next best performing player you would have to go back to Daryl Janmaat who is ranked No.73 with an index rating of 182 (Wijnaldum’s is 289), whilst next up is Moussa Sissoko in 76th with a rating of 178.
The Premier League official stats use the EA Sports Player Performer Index to rate all players and below you will find the top 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
460 Jamie Vardy (Leicester)
454 Riyad Mahrez (Leicester)
407 Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
362 Harry Kane (Spurs)
341 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
334 Odion Ighalo (Watford)
346 Ross Barkley (Everton)
309 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
292 Dimitri Payet (West Ham)
289 Gini Wijnaldum (Newcastle)
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.