Newcastle United’s excellent 11 match unbeaten run has sent NUFC to the top of the table and the player ratings from fans point to five players who have been mainly responsible.
After every match we ask Newcastle fans to give us marks out of 10 for every player and the interactive system takes all those marks and turns them into ratings for each player.
Since the turn of the year there has been 12 Championship matches. starting off with the defeat at Blackburn before the 11 games unbeaten, in that time tens of thousands of marks have been awarded by supporters after the various games, so over a period of time we believe it gives a decent snapshot in terms of who is performing…and who isn’t.
These are those 12 most recent matches and after each result there is the player who was the fans man of the match, then in brackets the two players who were rated second and third highest in each game.
As you will notice, one name stands out way ahead of the crowd:
Reading 0 Newcastle 0 Ciaran Clark (Darlow & Dummett)
Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 3 Matt Ritchie (Clark & Darlow)
Brighton 1 Newcastle 2 Karl Darlow (Atsu & Dummett)
Newcastle 2 Bristol City 2 Ciaran Clark (Shelvey & Atsu)
Newcastle 2 Aston Villa 0 Ciaran Clark (Darlow and Shelvey)
Norwich 2 Newcastle 2 Jonjo Shelvey (Clark & Yedlin)
Wolves 0 Newcastle 1 Ciaran Clark (Lascelles & Darlow)
Newcastle 1 Derby 0 DeAndre Yedlin (Ritchie & Diame)
Newcastle 2 QPR 2 Jonjo Shelvey (Ritchie & Darlow)
Newcastle 4 Rotherham 0 Matt Ritchie (Yedlin & Clark)
Brentford 1 Newcastle 2 Ciaran Clark (Darlow & Gayle)
Blackburn 1 Newcastle 0 Ciaran Clark (Darlow & Gayle)
As you can see, Ciaran Clark has been man of the match in six of the 12 Championship games since the turn of the year, second highest mark on two occasions and once third highest. He has been outstanding and that counts for pretty much all season, not just since new year.
Man of the Match
6 Ciaran Clark
2 Matt Ritchie, Jonjo Shelvey
1 DeAndre Yedlin, Karl Darlow
Rated Second or Third best
2 Dummett, Atsu, Shelvey, Yedlin, Ritchie, Gayle
1 Lascelles, Diame
Overall Totals (Rated in top 3 players)
9 Ciaran Clark
7 Karl Darlow
4 Matt Ritchie Jonjo Shelvey
3 DeAndre Yedlin
2 Dummett, Atsu, Gayle
1 Lascelles, Diame
Dwight Gayle has obviously been injured most of this time or else he would definitely feature higher in this 12 game period but as you can see, five players stand out.
Ciaran Clark and Karl Darlow (give or take a couple of wobbles) outstanding at the back, with Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey the prime movers at the other end of the pitch. Then DeAndre Yedlin whose pace allows him to do it at both ends.
Throw in Dwight Gayle as well and these for me are the six players who are definitely good enough to take their chance in the Premier League next season (if promoted), the rest of the team/squad still having it to prove.