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 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace, the rankings have now been updated.

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

Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle 1

Newcastle 1 Burnley 1

Man City 3 Newcastle 1

Newcastle 1 Swansea 1

Stoke 0 Newcastle 1

The latest Power Rankings as published by Sky Sports:

sky sports power rankingssky sports power rankingsAs you can see, it is Mohamed Diame who is featuring at number 36 in these latest Sky Sports Power Rankings.

He has started all of the last five matches as Newcastle have beaten Stoke, drawn three games, and most only to Manchester City.

Diame of course scored Newcastle’s goal on Sunday and in this run of matches has improved immeasurably, unrecognisable compared to the previous 18 months.

In fact the upturn in form which started with victory at West Ham (Diame scoring one of the three goals) just before Christmas, has seen the midfielder central to that.

After a run of only one point in nine games, Newcastle have now only lost to Manchester City (twice) in the last eight games, Mohamed Diame starting seven of the eight (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 that by Rafa Benitez.

Newcastle’s positives this season have mainly centred around the defence, outside of the top eight clubs, only Brighton have conceded less goals (35) than NUFC’s 36.

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

Rafa Benitez appears now to be going for a combination of Mohamed Diame alongside either Shelvey or Merino.

If Diame can keep this recent form going and Merino and/or Shelvey to also step up to what they are capable of, it would give Rafa a massive shot in the arm, to help give Newcastle a far more positive outlook especially in attack, with Kenedy already impressing and Slimani potentially set to be involved as from Sunday against Man Utd.

  • Damon Horner

    When the team needs experience Mo is stepping up. Can’t fault the lad too much at the moment, forcing his way into being 1st choice DM.

    • mentalman

      he’s the only one we have

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    His performance against Everton was the worst I have ever seen in a black and white shirt. However in the last few matches has been in the top three players.
    When he plays at his best gives us extra strength in what is a lightweight team and wins the ball in midfield well.

    • Arty Hume

      Agreed mate, changed my opinion of Mo lately, and pleased to do so, one of the first names on the sheet for me. :)

  • Rich Lawson

    I always rated him,etc,etc,go on I dare you ?

    • Dillon Tovak

      I’m not biting the bait, however I did think he was a being made a scapegoat in a team of equally wasteful passers.

      • mentalman

        he was one of 3 players who you would regularly forget were on the pitch

        • Dillon Tovak

          I’d say Joselu, Gayle, Perez, Shelvey and Merino could all be tarred with that brush in lots of our games.

  • Stephen Paylor

    are Huddersfield the only team on the list to not have a player higher than us?

  • Mark c

    He has been reasonable in the last few games. I used to dread it when his name was on the team sheet. This is no longer the case.

  • Andy Mac

    It’s taken Rafa these past 20 or so games to realise that Diame is a better central DM than he is a No 10 or even an AM. While I still have the utmost appreciation for the stuff Rafa has done, he’s no Moses. He cant part the Red Sea and he surely cant make a silk purse out of Joselu either ?