The Newcastle players were a sorry sight as they left the pitch after that 3-0 home humiliation by Watford.

A three goal defeat that could have been far far worse if the visitors had taken a few more of the clear chances to come their way.

Not really any positives in the NUFC ranks, although Jacob Murphy was the best of a bad bunch and is hinting now at why Rafa Benitez was willing to make the winger his biggest summer signing, when using the limited funds available in the close season.

Our fan ratings for the Newcastle players reflected the performance, thousands of supporter votes coming together to give Jacob Murphy 5.6 out of 10, right down to Joselu on 1.9.

However, elsewhere there has been some slightly bemusing values given to the displays of certain Newcastle players at the weekend.

The team has been drawn from the players who were included in the 20 Premier League clubs who played this Saturday and Sunday.

The WhoScored.com  system automatically analyses every match in all the major European Leagues, with over 200 raw statistics used to calculate each player’s ratings and are then weighted according to influence in the game – taking into account the area of the pitch and its outcome for each important event.

That is the theory anyway…This system is used by numerous sections of the football industry; including media, bookmakers and clubs themselves in evaluating performances.

These are the ratings out of 10 that the WhoScored system gave after Newcastle 0 Watford 3:

5.8 Elliot

6.6 Yedlin

7.9 Lejeune

6.3 Clark

6.1 Manquillo

6.1 Ritchie

5.8 Selvey

6.5 Diame

6.6 Murphy

6.0 Gayle

7.0 Joselu

Gomes 7.7, Mariappa 7.5, Kabasele 7.7, Britos 6.9, Femenia 7.1, Hughes 8.2, Doucoure 7.2, Cleverley 7.7, Zeegelaar 8.6, Richarlison 8.3, Gray 7.1

Amazingly, Florian Lejeune is not only rated Newcastle’s best performer, he actually makes the WhoScored Premier League team of the weekend, when compared to central defenders for all other 19 teams.

I think he has ability but the Frenchman was really poor on Saturday and the 3.7 rating (see all fan ratings from Saturday HERE) was a lot closer to the mark than making him one of teh Premier League players of the week!

How Lejeune is even rated above all the Watford defenders is bizarre enough.

Just when you think the WhoScored rating system couldn’t fall further into disrepute, Joselu gets 7.0 and rated Newcastle’s second best player against Watford.

Statistics/automatic systems are all very well but you also need to incorporate what you see with your own eyes…



  • Paul Patterson

    So Gray was rated at 0.1 higher than Joselu? One player scored and the other gave one of the worst striking displays in living memory.
    Something tells me the system is s***e.

    • Antenociticus

      There wasn’t much between Gray and Joselu. Probably the goal just shading it. They’re both useless – at least we didn’t pay 18 million for the Hoss.

  • Rich Lawson

    Oh right,so we actually won then ? That’s cheered me up a bit,are you paid per article or just on a retainer ? I think we should be told ?

  • Leazes Ender

    I’ve literally no idea what the heck you are talking about…. how can you have an automatic discretionary system?…. unless its Football Manager 2018 which allows you to sell the entire Man United Squad and replace them with Scunthorpe and you still end up winning.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      That`s not a bad idea at all

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    It was twelve shots each we had more of the play and more corners we missed a sitter after five minutes they got a lucky own goal with the last kick of the first half.
    However Shearer and the mag say it should have been six nil no account of our twelve shots.

    • Michael

      Did you see the match? they had 3 or 4 other easy chances to score. If they had a decent striker it would have been 5. We maybe could have had one goal, I can only remember 2 decent chances we had and those were half chances at best. I’m as biased as they come but we were battered and lucky to escape with only a 3-0 defeat.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The Hoss on 7 must be the chances he missed