How would you rate the Newcastle squad so far this season, which players have been an asset and who…hasn’t?
A desperate match on Saturday against Crystal Palace saw one real moment of quality eventually win a scarcely deserved three points.
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However, when you look at the individual Newcastle player ratings in the Premier League so far this season it maybe isn’t the biggest surprise why the team are struggling, with a small squad and over-reliance on very few real quality players – the ratings below show that four of our our top five rated performers were missing against Palace.
Interesting to get an outside perspective and the industry leader for an independent viewpoint is the whoscored rating system (used by numerous sections of the football industry; including media, bookmakers and clubs themselves).
Over 200 raw statistics are used to calculate the player ratings and are weighted according to influence in the game – taking into account the area of the pitch and its outcome for each important event.
6.84 Ben Arfa
6.68 De Jong
6.45 Sammy Ameobi
6.22 Steven Taylor
While no statistics based system is going to be bombproof, with thirty Premier League matches played then there is a lot of data to go on, plus whoscored are seen as the market leader in this area.
What is clear is that the fact that playing now without either Remy or Cabaye has left United desperately short, plus no surprise that the next highest rated attacking player, Hatem Ben Arfa, was the one who provided the inspiration on Saturday.
Plus seeing the season’s ratings above, no surprise to see that the highest rated performer who was available against Palace, Mike Williamson, took the man of the match top rating on Saturday to reinforce his position near the top – see all Newcastle United players ratings against Palace HERE.