Player data – Who’s doing what?!

15 games in and creeping towards the hectic Christmas schedule, Newcastle United sit tightly in the upper regions of the Barclays Premier League, squeezed out of the UEFA Cup spots by only 3 points and goal difference. 7 wins, 5 draws, 3 losses and 26 points out of 45 make very reasonable reading for a team that two years ago were languishing in the depths of the then ‘fizzy pop‘ league.

Performing at such a level, especially after the ill-hearted pre season campaign, has brought back a little bit of that ‘Keegan/Robson’ tingle and while it is crucially important for us all to not get carried away, one must wonder what the team that Pardew had begun assembling has actually been doing to get Newcastle United temporarily back to those withering heights.

NUFC_Stats took a look at the numbers for each squad player that had appeared in the top league so far:

Player data after 15 games - Numbers are per game on average

Yohan Cabaye’s data stands out like a Sir Alex’s nose, topping the charts at the club for appearances, assists, tackles, key passes and crosses. No wonder Graham Carr was such a fan of this lad and no surprise to that he has won the credentials he has already – Cabaye is a player NUFC have longed for over the last near-decade or so; a creative thinker with ‘dreamy’ technique, someone with the class to open up oppositions and provide opportunities for others in the team.

Cheik Tiote’s numbers make very decent reading too. Other than tackling, Tiote’s data reflects what we know of him via observation – the tough tackling and team-disturbing Ivorian is key for NUFC when breaking teams down and retaining possession but even more important, his distribution is very impressive; he makes more passes on average than anyone and his pass succession is very good. Adversely, he does get dispossessed more than anyone at the club, again a factor that most fans will have observed once or twice!

The stats also make pretty good reading for solid pair Coloccini and Steven Taylor. A combination of most clearances, most shot blocks and very pleasing pass succession rates show just how much the two are missed when they don’t feature in the black and white team.

Demba Ba shows why he has the goal record he has; notching those 11 goals from the best shots per game record of 2.6, while Leon Best shows his importance to the team with his joint top assists score and his 2nd placed shots per game value.

Gutierrez is also up there in terms of getting his shots off; 1.6 he manages on average per game and creatively, he is trying to bolster Newcastle’s attacking ranks with his top scoring 1.2 dribbles per game.

While the positive points are there for the eye to ponder (and highlighted in green!), so too are the negative ones. But, as it’s close to Christmas and as the Geordie nation need a fix of inspiration and optimism after the last few games, that’s better left for another time!


13 thoughts on “Player data – Who’s doing what?!

  1. Surely we’re 3 points and goal difference outside the “Europa” places? only 5th place is guaranteed a spot. πŸ˜‰


  2. If we get into Europe it would be an outstanding achievement, I’d hate for us to fail to bolster the squad in the window and fall lower and lower down the league. This situation is not what any of us would have predicted, however Pards has got us into an outstanding position in the league and we should grab this opportunity with both hands! ‘Alan Pardews black n white army!’


  3. We always knew we would have a blip, all teams have one, some teams have a few and some teams are a constant blip, they get relegated.

    The good thing though is, we are having this blip whilst we are sitting with a points cushion on others and remember they have to win to gain on us whilst we are having a bit of bother but we aren’t always gonna be like this .
    All except Saylor will be back soon enough, plus a January fine tune.

    It’s only gloomy of you think gloomy but remember, other teams are gonna suffer like we have, it’s swings and roundabouts and it will be their time to cope whilst we get back on track. πŸ˜€


  4. I don’t know if it can be classed as a blip in all honesty. We had a run of three games facing teams stronger than us and two were away from home, and one we drew with. The loss to Norwich was simply that we had injuries to key players, not because we played poorly, if fact, we haven’t played poorly in any of the last four games.
    I would say that’s probably one of the biggest positives this season, is that we haven’t really played poorly or through the towel in, and if we can continue with that until the end of the season them I’ll be well happy.
    We have to keep perspective on the overall season, loosing a couple of games doesnt mean our bubble has burst or we are going to slide down the table. As Wolfie rightly points out, the other teams have to win to pick the points up to catch up to us. I think we are where we will finish at the end of the season now anyway, and in my opinion we really need to bolster our squad by 5-6 players before we would be ready for Europe (that’s without selling first teamers as well).
    I know we have 1 point from a possible 12 but the above stats show that it’s not because our players are under performing, its just that we have faced stronger teams, but we will be fine!!


  5. To be fair to the players.

    We’ve just played man City, Chelsea and man Utd.

    It’s hardly a blip to get little from those 3. 😯


  6. We’ve done bloody well considering how close many of our matches have been, but we’ve had our share of luck just as we’re now having our bad luck. Even so I’m not sure how long we can afford to carry certain players…or how long we’ll last if/when we lose important ones like colo, ba and Krul


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