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Newcastle Losing 14 Of Last Season’s 18 Man Of The Match Winners

7 years ago

The big worry this summer is not so much how many players will be leaving Newcastle United, rather it is the quality of those who leave that will concern most fans.

With the better players in the NUFC squad regularly being linked with moves elsewhere, the worry is that we will be left watching the dross the club can’t shift, while the match winners in the squad wil end up elsewhere.

Last season, Newcastle United ended up having the man of the match in 18 of the 38 Premier League matches.

The whoscored rating system is used by numerous sections of the football industry; including media, bookmakers and clubs themselves. Their system automatically analyses over 200 raw statistics 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.

Using these ratings there is also a man of the match produced, from every player who took part on both sides, not just Newcastle.

In the 2013/14 season these were the Newcastle players who won man of the match awards.

6 Debuchy

3 Ben Arfa

2 Cabaye

2 Remy

1 Shola

1 Krul

1 Santon

1 Williamson

1 Sissoko

Looking at that list we can straight away take out Cabaye (2) and Remy (2), which leaves us with 14 man of the match awards.

Shola (1) is out of contract and on his way out of the club, whilst Ben Arfa (3) clearly has no future under Alan Pardew and will be gone, which brings us down to 10.

There are now really bad omens surrounding Mathieu Debuchy (6), I couldn’t see him hanging around anyway with our joke of a club and yesterday he refused to knock back suggestions he might move, by hiding behind[intlink id=”43429″ type=”post”] \’my agent looks after all of that\'[/intlink].

When/if Debuchy goes, it would then take us down to having players left at the club who won only 4 of the 18 man of the match awards the squad won last season.

This simply confirms what we saw with our own eyes and tells us yet again which players were our stars last campaign.

Yes we all hope Coloccini and Krul bounce back to top form but if we’re honest, they weren’t great last season and no surprise to see Colo nowhere to be seen on this man of the match list, whilst Krul’s heroics at Spurs which produced his sole man of the match performance, was very much a one-off for him last season.

With a workmanlike team of players, if you don’t have your match winners such as Ben Arfa, Cabaye and Remy, what hope is there? Particularly if then on top of that you lose your player of the season in Debuchy, who became easily our most reliable player as he patrolled that right hand side.


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