The Newcastle players have seen only two Premier League defeats (at Man City and Liverpool) in 2018.

Picking their form back up, the Newcastle team have scored in eight of their nine matches since the turn of the year.

The three wins and four draws (and two defeats) have also seen four clean sheets, lifting NUFC to 13th in the table.

Which individuals though have stood out from the rest?

Each match we ask you (the fans) for your player ratings and it is always interesting to see what the consensus is.

Here below is how the Newcastle players have performed over the course of the last 9 Premier League games in January, February and March.

The average player rating given by fans over the course of the nine games is before the name, then the number of matches they have started follows each name.

We have only included ratings for the games players have started, as substitute appearance marks often don’t give a viable rating, due to short length of time on the pitch.

7.6 Martin Dubravka (4)

7.3 Florian Lejeune (4)

7.1 Paul Dummett (7)

7.0 Jamaal Lascelles (9)

6.8 Mohamed Diame (9)

6.7 Kenedy (6)

6.7 Karl Darlow (5)

6.7 Jonjo Shelvey (7)

6.5 Jacob Murphy (3)

6.2 Matt Ritchie (6)

6.2 Isaac Hayden (1)

6.1 DeAndre Yedlin (8)

6.0 Ciaran Clark (5)

5.8 Ayoze Perez (7)

5.7 Javier Manquillo (2)

5.4 Dwight Gayle (6)

5.2 Mikel Merino (2)

4.9 Christian Atsu (6)

3.7 Joselu (2)

Looking at the stats above, a few things jump out at me.

Obviously the impact of the loan signings, with Dubravka and Kenedy doing well.

You also have the ongoing reliance on a solid and disciplined defence, with all four top ratings going to players in the back five.

Whilst backing up their improving form, the central midfield pair of Diame and Shelvey both score highly.