Independent Analysis And Player Ratings Of Every Newcastle Player Last Season
Which of the squad showed they were up to the job last season, the independent Newcastle player ratings shown below give us an excellent guide.
They are taken from WhoScored and while you will get the odd inconsistency in matches, over a whole season they give us an excellent overview on how the Newcastle squad have performed.
The whoscored rating system is used by numerous sections of the football industry; including media, bookmakers and clubs themselves.
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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.
You can ignore players who only made the odd appearance as a sub (Armstrong) or those who played very few matches (Haidara), as they didn’t feature enough to form a proper opinion.
The overall results are quite striking though, these are the results for every Newcastle player with their rating out of 10 for the whole season, an accumulation of their ratings from all the 38 individual matches.
6.75 Ben Arfa
6.50 De Jong
6.47 Sammy Ameobi
6.26 Steven Taylor
What really sets Newcastle apart is that compared to those around us in the league such as Stoke and Southampton, Newcastle have a couple of outstanding players with much higher ratings than those at rival clubs.
However, once you look beyond the top few players, the other clubs have the bulk of their best eleven showing with much better average ratings over the season.
Newcastle had Cabaye (7.46) and Debuchy (7.42) as their best performers, Stoke had Crouch (7.21) and Cameron (7.08), while at Southampton it was Lovren (7.32) and Lallana (7.21).
When you look though below the top couple of rated players for each club, the picture changes dramatically.
Southampton had another ten players rated 6.79 or higher, Stoke nine, while Newcastle only had five.
No surprise to any of us to see that group comprised of Remy, Tiote, Sissoko, Williamson and Santon – the latter doing well early season before his form tailed off and then picking up injuries.
After our top seven performers you are getting down to the likes of Gouffran and Coloccini, with nobody surely able to claim that either of those had great seasons overall?
These season long ratings simply confirm what we could see with our own eyes, players like Cabaye, Debuchy and Remy were head and shoulders above the rest and two of them were responsible for a ridiculously large proportion of Newcastle’s creativity and goals.
With those two now gone it leaves a weak looking squad now looking like the cupboard is really bare and who on earth can fill that goals/creativity vacuum?
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