When it comes to being the weakest link in each match, who have been the strugglers for Newcastle United this season?
Every game, our interactive player ratings feature allows Newcastle supporters to rate every player who takes part in a match.
Those collective ratings from fans are then automatically updated to give us a pretty definitive mark out of 10 for every player, every match.
With thousands of supporters giving their input every game, it produces a very decent snapshot for every game.
Looking at all 13 games so far this season, these are the players who ended up with the lowest mark in each one, their average score precedes each player:
3.1 Jack Colback – Fulham 1 Newcastle o
2.7 Rolando Aarons – Newcastle 1 Huddersfield 2
4.9 Paul Dummett – Newcastle 4 Reading 1
3.8 Matz Sels – Bristol City 0 Newcastle 1
5.1 Rolando Aarons – Newcastle 2 Cheltenham 0 (League Cup)
6.3 Ayoze Perez – Newcastle 2 Brighton 0
6.2 Dwight Gayle – Derby 0 Newcastle 2
7.2 Paul Dummett – QPR 0 Newcastle 6
2.3 Ayoze Perez – Newcastle 0 Wolves 2
6.1 Achraf Lazaar– Newcastle 2 Wolves 0 (League Cup)
3.4 Matz Sels – Aston Villa 1 Newcastle 1
3.9 Mohamed Diame – Newcastle 4 Norwich 3
5.0 Mohamed Diame – Rotherham 0 Newcastle 1
Quite interesting to see the spread of players and quite reassuring that there hasn’t been any real scapegoats.
Even though Matz Sels has had plenty of doubters, he still only picked up two rock bottom marks, though a bit of an eye-opener when one of them (Bristol City) was a clean sheet! It does though underline that the biggest worry for fans with the Belgian keeper is his nervousness with high balls into the box.
Also interesting to see that it is players in all parts of the team who have been given the lowest marks, when it came to the man of the match awards in each game that we featured the other day, it was almost exclusively attacking players – the only exception being DeAndre Yedlin and his was an impressive performance in defence AND attack from right-back against Villa (when getting man of the match).
As well as Sels, it is other players who have failed to convince that have picked up more than one lowest match mark.
Aarons was poor in his two brief appearances, Dummett continues to fail to convince at left-back, likewise Mohamed Diame and Ayoze Perez in attacking roles.
Leaderboard after 13 matches
2 Ayoze Perez
2 Rolando Aarons
2 Mohamed Diame
2 Matz Sels
2 Paul Dummett
1 Jack Colback
1 Dwight Gayle
1 Achraf Lazaar