Newcastle To Lose 15 Of Last Season’s 18 Man Of The Match Winners
Last season, Newcastle United ended up having the man of the match in 18 of the 38 Premier League matches last season.
Nine different United players managed on at least once occasion to achieve this feat and they are detailed below.
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 (On his way)
3 Ben Arfa (Now training with kids in effort to force him out)
2 Cabaye (Gone)
2 Remy (Gone)
1 Shola (Gone)
1 Sissoko (Looks on his way)
If as seems likely, Debuchy and Sissoko follow Cabaye, Remy and Shola out of Newcastle, you then have a total of three man of the match winners left, [intlink id=”44684″ type=”post”]if you rule out Hatem Ben Arfa who appears to have no future[/intlink] under Pardew even if he sticks it out.
Maybe most worrying is that the three man of the match winners we are potentially left with are Williamson, Krul and Santon, all defensive players – so not one person who stood out for Newcastle last season in individual matches by scoring and/or creating is likely to be left in the squad.
That is a massive ask then to expect all of your potential match winners in an attacking sense to come from new signings, even if Mike Ashley belatedly manages to get whichever players in on his strict budget.
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