The new Sky Sports Power Rankings have been published.

The Power Rankings methodology reflects a player’s performance over the last five Premier League matchdays by awarding points to players for 32 different stats.

A heavier weighting is given to the most recent match in descending order to the fifth last one, with the intention of showing who is most in form.

After this latest round of matches which included Newcastle’s 1-0 victory over Joe Mourinho’s players, the rankings have now been updated.

Newcastle’s last five PL games have been (working backwards):

Newcastle 1 Man Utd 0

Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle 1

Newcastle 1 Burnley 1

Man City 3 Newcastle 1

Newcastle 1 Swansea 1

The latest Power Rankings as published by Sky Sports:

sky sports power rankings

As you can see, Mohamed Diame features at number 22 in these latest Sky Sports Power Rankings with 6,203 points, up from 36th position and 5,898 points last week.

Amusing/ironic that Chris Smalling is actually as high as 19th, considering what a nightmare he had on Sunday at St James Park, obviously not adding many points to his total then…

No other Newcastle players feature in the top 50 of these latest Sky Sports Power Rankings – but if others can match Diame’s new-found quality and consistency, and build on the team and individual displays we saw against Man Utd, then there will be plenty more recognition for NUFC players.

Mohamed Diame was excellent against Manchester United and of course scored Newcastle’s only goal the previous Sunday to earn a draw at Crystal Palace, now improved immeasurably, unrecognisable compared to the previous 18 months.

In fact the upturn in form for the midfielder and team overall, started with victory at West Ham (Diame scoring one of the three goals) just before Christmas.

After a run of only one point in nine games, Newcastle have now only lost to Manchester City (twice) in the last nine PL games, Mohamed Diame starting eight of the nine (he wasn’t selected for the Newcastle 0 Brighton 0 match), the Senegalese player only having been selected for four Premier League games previous to this run by Rafa Benitez.

Newcastle’s positives this season have mainly centred around the defence, with only the top seven conceding less than NUFC’s 36 goals total.

Centre-midfield has been a big disappointment, with any number of combinations of Shelvey, Hayden, Merino, Diame and Saivet used.

However, with Shelvey having arguably having his best ever game for Newcastle on Sunday, and with Diame continuing his very good form, it is hard to see Rafa Benitez choosing any other combination against Bournemouth in 11 days time.

  • ghostrider

    We are a more physically strong team by far with Diame.

  • Arty Hume

    I have heavily criticised Diame before Christmas and i believe it was justified, HOWEVER super pleased he has turned things around since then and is now one of our OUTSTANDING players. He now looks like he could run through a brick wall, and it shows on the pitch. Spectacular turn around in performance, dont know if it is down to Rafa changing who to play Mo or down to Mo’s attitude or self belief, which ever way it is, its great to see. Well done big Mo!

  • Rich Lawson

    Spur’s will be in for him in the summer then ?

    • Dillon Tovak

      £70m haha

  • Dillon Tovak

    I think it’s good that Merino and Hayden can quietly adjust to the PL and Rafas tactics in the background, rather than all the pressure straight away at their age.

  • Wor Lass

    Interesting. Rafa has seen this in him and continued to play him despite all the opposition on social media. I don`t think people were wrong to criticise Diame but but it does show that the manager might know a thing or two. It also helps that he`s playing deeper now and obviously prefers that sort of game. He just needs to make sure he doesn`t make the mistake that Tiote made in starting to believe that he could play creative football. Break up play, win the ball, give it simple to someone else. His distribution is his weakness. The search is on for a new whipping boy! (Scratch that – I forgot about Hoss!!)

  • Geordiegiants

    He has only had a couple of decent games against a load of poor ones. Let’s calm down a bit and see how things go from here.