When Sky Sports released their latest power ranking standings, they showed Jetro Willems as Newcastle’s top performer, but no Toon players are listed in the top 50 overall.
With Adama Traore ranked number one with a total score of 8,036 points, it puts Willems’ team-topping 4,022 into perspective, and highlights how poorly Newcastle have been performing this season.
The rankings, compiled by Sky Sports, award points for various statistics for players, using a range of different parameters for each position.
They cover 35 statistics and take into consideration the points earned over their five previous performances, with each prior game contributing a decreasing number of points to the total, incrementally.
So to not have a single player in the top 50 suggests Newcastle’s form has not been great.
That is borne out by the league position, and the fact that even in games we have won, we have not had very much possession, which has a knock-on effect for various other stats.
Toon fans will not be shocked at Newcastle’s underwhelming stats
It will be little surprise to any Newcastle fans to see Newcastle figuring lowly in any statistic based table, given that results and displays have not been great for the majority of the season to date.
But it does show the impact Willems has had since he arrived, as he has developed into a key player for Steve Bruce.
His goal at Liverpool will have earned him a good haul of power ranking points, with defenders receiving more points for a goal than a striker would.
Similarly, his role in Matty Longstaff’s goal last week will have grabbed him some bonus points too.
Fabian Schar did creep inside the top 25 of the rankings earlier this season, and with the Swiss centre-back and Willems being recognised as two of our top performers, it highlights the amount of defensive work we have been doing.
Of course, they are not a hugely important stat, and they count for little, but it would be nice to see a few more Newcastle players breaking into the top 50 in future weeks.
Having already played most of the ‘big six’ sides after the Chelsea match next week, Bruce will hope we can start dominating possession in a few more games.
If that is the case, we may yet see some of the more attacking players edge higher up the listings.
Allan Saint-Maximin, should he continue to show the form he did against Manchester United last week, as well as Sean and Matty Longstaff could well be some of our players worth keeping an eye out for in future power ranking standings.
If they do feature, it would likely mean the performances and results have improved too, and that would be something everyone on Tyneside would love to see.