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Newcastle United’s Player of the Season? Food for Thought

3 years ago
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Who was your player of the season?

The case for Dwight Gayle.

How important was the striker last season?

Everyone knows his goals were the best in the division for goals per minute (one every 93) on the pitch and if it was not for injury, he would have been added to his 23 goals and been top scorer in the Championship.

I did some statistical analysis on how many games Newcastle gained points from on the back of his goals. I acknowledge there would be different ways to calculate this but I kept it simple.

Newcastle gained 36 points because of Gayle’s goals last season, 17 more than Ritchie’s goals, using the same analysis. Ritchie assisting in 7 Newcastle goals to Gayle’s 2.

Matt Ritchie appears to have won most Newcastle fans’ player of the season quite resoundingly, his contribution was awesome, but I get the impression Gayle’s contribution has been lost a bit since he spent a lot of  the second half of the season injured?

Without these two lads we would not be promoted, as simple as that.

Should Gayle have received more plaudits for his outstanding contribution?

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