After the win over Southampton, the Newcastle players are now in 13th place in the table, five points above the drop.

After 30 games, Newcastle United are on 32 points, with eight games left to play.

So which Newcastle players have been key so far.

Obviously we have the evidence of our own eyes to help guide us…but here are some helpful stats to think about.

The table below, courtesy of Chris Holt, shows the average number of points NUFC have gained when a player has been in the team this season, then the average points won when they have been missing.

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After 30 matches gone, it gives a decent sample of games to go on.

As you can see, Jamaal Lascelles tops the list, followed by Matt Ritchie and then Ayoze Perez.

Whatever you make of these stats, I think the vast majority would agree that the Newcastle Captain staying fit is key to reaching safety as quickly as possible.

It will also be interesting to see how the likes of Martin Dubravka and Kenedy measure up, as in the coming weeks/months they will go into double figures to be included in these stats.

  • TheNutJob

    Is Clarko running the Mag

  • Leazes.

    No, no no no no………no, you can’t draw conclusions like that!

    There is another way to account for variations of the figures, and that takes into account the question you asked in the first place,,, but ‘why is there a discrepancy?’, ‘Is it a significant discrepancy’ but most of all…..

    ….’when the player is missing….. is there a replacement of the same or similar standard?’.

    Is there a replacement for the captain…. no!
    Are the figures significant…no!

    We don’t do as well when there’s a hole in the middle of defence!

    You haven’t proved it by using ‘stats’…. you’ve backed up a supposition using insignificant comparisons!


  • Geordiegiants

    WTF! Is this the best we can come up with? I’m getting as sick of this site as I am of Jabba!

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    There is zero significance in this allegedly statistical interpreation. This is an attempt to reduce multivariate analysis to a single variable. It has no value whatsoever

  • stevetoontoon

    Some supercalifragilisticexpialidocious words there from angel and leazes ha!!!

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    The points per game started is the important thing and Perez makes the difference.
    Hope Jonathan is reading the stats as he hates him and most Mag readers give him a three point four. Great article by the way Perez, Dummett, Lascelles and Ritchie have done well this season.

    • pedrodelgardo

      This tells us nothing about who makes the difference, it tells us who has been selected in games that the team have won, drawn or lost. It is a team game. You can have a shocker in a team that wins and play your best game in a team that loses.

  • pedrodelgardo

    Stats are used to try and prove things in football often by people with little knowledge of football or statistics and how to interperate them, they are then described as “interesting” and are parked next to some adverts – nothing wrong with that, it’s just very very dull.