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Newcastle players – The season player ratings from fans so far

3 years ago
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Newcastle players went into this third international break in eleventh place, leaving them with 14 points from 11 games.

Which individuals though have stood out from the rest?

Each match we ask you (the fans) for your player ratings and it is always interesting to see what the consensus is.

Here below is how the Newcastle players have performed over the course of the last 10 Premier League games (due to a technical problem we didn’t get player ratings for the Spurs game. Not a great loss anyway as with Shelvey’s red card it is a difficult game to assess).

The average player rating given by fans over the course of the 10 games is before the name, then the number of matches they have started follows each name.

We have only included ratings for the games players have started, as substitute appearance marks often don’t give a viable rating, due to short length of time on the pitch.

7.4 Mikel Merino (6)

7.4 Jesus Gamez (1)

7.0 Ciaran Clark (6)

7.0 Jonjo Shelvey (5)

6.9 Matt Ritchie (10)

6.9 Jamaal Lascelles (10)

6.8 Chancel Mbemba (4)

6.7 DeAndre Yedlin (7)

6.5 Florian Lejeune (4)

6.5 Rob Elliot (10)

6.0 Christian Atsu (9)

5.9 Isaac Hayden (8)

5.8 Javier Manquillo (8)

5.6 Jacob Murphy (1)

5.1 Joselu (9)

5.0 Ayoze Perez (9)

4.1 Dwight Gayle (2)

3.2 Mohamed Diame (1)

We are starting to see now a clear picture of who has and hasn’t performed so far this season, in the eyes of thousands of Newcastle fans.

Jesus Gamez (7.4) has only started one game (win at Swansea), so leaving him aside you have Merino, Clark, Shelvey, Ritchie and Lascelles all at the top.

Next up you have four more from the backline with Mbemba, Yedlin, Lejeune and Elliot.

The perception that Newcastle have far more strength towards the back is supported by the goals for and against columns, only 10 conceded in 11 games (8 in these past 10 matches), but only 10 scored.

Whilst the likes of Ritchie, Merino and Shelvey all rate highly, it is the supporting cast who fans appear to think haven’t been quite up to the job.

Squad player Manquillo is the only defender amongst the eight lowest ranked, with midfielder/wingers Atsu, Hayden, Murphy, and Diame, not impressing.

Whilst it is an even worse situation up front with Joselu, Perez, and Gayle three of the four lowest rated.

Whilst the team as a whole need to take responsibility and Dwight Gayle will hopefully contribute more now fully fit, it does indicate that some significant funds need to be made available in January if Rafa Benitez is going to be able to fill these gaps in quality.

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