Sky Sports have named a stand-out under-performing Premier League team, based on performances/stats so far this season.
The criteria they have used is from their Sky Sports Fantasy Football stats, which is probably as decent enough guide as any.
The figure they use is the original Fantasy Football monetary value they attributed to each player ahead of the season and then divide that by the number of (Fantasy Football) points won so far this season. This then gives them a number of points won for each £million spent.
With 11 games to go, Sky Sports have put together these stand-out (for all the wrong reasons) 11 players (see below) and two of them are former Newcastle players.
Most interesting is Gini Wijnaldum.
This is his Sky Sports write-up:
Points per million: 5.6
‘Henderson comes in for a lot of criticism at Liverpool, but he has the same goal (1) and assist (1) totals as Georginio Wijnaldum.
The Netherlands international scored six and assisted nine last term, but rarely comes under fire for his poor return this year.
Wijnaldum has also won fewer tackles and completed less passes than his skipper, despite starting two more games and playing in a more attacking role.’
Having scored 11 goals and got 5 assists in Newcastle’s relegation season, it is a surprise that the Dutchman hasn’t been more productive this year, particularly as last season he got 6 goals and 9 assists for Liverpool.
He may have to play further back on the pitch due to the other talent available but with the likes of Salah and others to help, it is a surprise that Wijnaldum hasn’t had more involvement in the goals.
The other former Newcastle player was only on loan at St James Park back in the 2009/10 promotion season, Patrick van Aanholt these days is a Palace player having joined from Sunderland.
Palace also have Benteke in this under-performing 11 so maybe no surprise they have found it a struggle this season.
Patrick van Aanholt
Points per million: 4
Patrick van Aanholt scored five goals and provided one assist last season, despite swapping Sunderland for Crystal Palace in January. The move from the north east to the capital did not affect him at all, but he has been unable to pick up where he left off last term and hasn’t been involved in a goal yet this campaign.
The Sky Sports Premier League stand-pout underperforming 11:
Joe Hart (West Ham) 6.8 points per £million
Victor Lindelof (Man Utd) 3.5 points per £million
David Luiz (Chelsea) 3.5 points per £million
Michael Keane (Everton) 5.4 points per £million
Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) 4.0 points per £million
Gini Wijnaldum (Liverpool) 5.6 points per £million
Ander Herrera (Man Utd) 4.6 points per £million
Renato Sanches (Swansea) 2.3 points per £million
Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth) 4.0 points per £million
Christian Benteke (C Palace) 5.0 points per £million
Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton) 5.5 points per £million