According to WhoScored.com, Florian Lejeune’s display in our 0-3 defeat to Leicester in January was statistically the worst Premier League performance of 2020 so far.
The leading stat-site gave him a rating of 4.16 from that New Year’s Day drubbing at St James’ Park.
In 2nd place is Liverpool’s Trent Alexander Arnold, who was given a mark of just 4.83 in Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat at Watford in February, with David Luiz coming in 3rd after an early red card in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw at Chelsea earned him a 4.89 rating.
- Florian Lejeune – 4.16 (Newcastle 0-3 Leicester)
- Trent Alexander- 4.83 (Watford 3-0 Liverpool)
- David Luiz – 4.89 (Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal)
Back to Lejeune, he really did struggle in that 0-3 defeat to Leicester back in January, however he was hung out to dry by Steve Bruce.
The Frenchman had not long returned from a SECOND knee-ligament injury, yet was overplayed far too soon during the hectic festive period and left totally exposed against a rampant Leicester side who run rings around him.
He was poor on the ball that day, all at sea positionally and done for pace on several occasions, but the fact he hasn’t started since is a shame given how good we all know he can be when fully fit.
That said, he did his bit to make up for it in that bizarre 2-2 draw at Everton earlier this year, scoring twice as a late substitute to earn the most unlikely of raws!
After rotten luck with injuries over the past two seasons, let’s hope we see the former Eibar star back to his best soon.