Two Newcastle players feature in the Top 10 Championship players when it comes to creativity.

Newcastle United have scored the most goals this season, with 70 scored after 37 matches.

The next highest are Fulham (65), Brighton (63) and Norwich (63).

Interesting to see that the four clubs currently in the play-off positions have only scored 47 (Huddersfield), 51 (Reading), 50 (Leeds) and 48 (Sheff Wed).

The two Newcastle players are joint ninth in this Championship assists table ahead of the Birmingham away game, both Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey proving the most creative for Newcastle.

Both players, especially Jonjo Shelvey, have of course been a key factor in far more goals than just those where they have provided the final touch to be credited with an assist.

The two of them usually featuring in most of the moves that provide Newcastle’s best passages of play and chances/goals.

The 60 yard pass Matt Ritchie sent out to Christian Atsu, which then led to Ayoze Perez’ winner at Brighton – a perfect example of being key to a goal but not credited with an assist.

Championship players with most assists so far this 2016/17 season:

12 Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa/Barnsley)

9 Tom Cairney (Fulham)

9 Albert Adomah (Aston Villa)

9 Sone Aluko (Fulham)

8 Wes Hoolahan (Norwich)

8 Pablo Hernandez (Leeds)

8 Tommy Smith (Huddersfield)

8 Marley Watkins (Barnsley)

7 Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United)

7 Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United)

7 Barry Bannen (Sheffield Wednesday)

7 Jacob Murphy (Norwich)

7 Aiden McGeady (Preston)



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