It must be the form of our players over the last 11 league games but Newcastle United have just one player in the Premier league’s Top 100 according to the Actim Index – and he’s at number 97.
James Milner – just makes Top 100 at number 97
At various times during this season we’ve had as many as 6 of our players in the top 100 but it shows the lack of form when out only player now in the Actim Top 100 players is James Milner at number 97 with 232 points. So he just makes it.
As means of a comparison Manchester United and Arsenal have 9 payers in the list, Chelsea have 8 and 4th placed Everton have 11 players in the top 100.
Here an explanation of the Actim Index followed by various lists of top players so far this season.
Actim Stats are a collection of team, player and match statistics.
They are derived from all the actions that take place during a match, including goals, shots on target, corners, fouls, offsides, passes, tackles, blocks and clearances. The raw data can be used to generate a wide range of tables and statistics such as player profiles, team and player head-to-heads and form guides.
PA Sport gathers match data for every Barclays English Premier League, Coca-Cola Championship and Scottish Premier League game.
The data is gathered by two methods – real-time match analysis and the study of video footage. The real-time analysis is conducted by ex-professional footballers that report on action at the grounds as it happens. Further, more detailed analysis is obtained by studying videos of the matches.
So it shows just how poorly individually our lads have been playing these last couple of months.
Here is the full 100 top Premier Players according to the Actim Index.
Top 10 Players For The 2007/08 Season Rank Player Team Points 1 Adebayor Arsenal 556 2 Ronaldo Man Utd 539 3 Tevez Man Utd 457 4 Fabregas Arsenal 439 5 Young Aston Villa 438 6 Ferdinand Man Utd 428 7 Clichy Arsenal 426 8 Lescott Everton 424 9 Mwaruwari Man City 422 10 Torres Liverpool 412
Top 5 Midfielders For The 2007/08 Season Name Score Rank Team Cristiano Ronaldo 539 2 Man Utd Francesc Fabregas 439 4 Arsenal David Bentley 410 11 Blackburn Martin Petrov 407 12 Man City Mathieu Flamini 375 15 Arsenal
Top 5 Defenders For The 2007/08 Season Name Score Rank Team Rio Ferdinand 428 6 Man Utd Gael Clichy 426 7 Arsenal Joleon Lescott 424 8 Everton Martin Laursen 383 14 Aston Villa Bacary Sagna 344 26 Arsenal
Top 5 Goalkeepers For The 2007/08 Season Name Score Rank Team David James 351 23 Portsmouth Tim Howard 340 27 Everton Manuel Almunia 328 29 Arsenal Brad Friedel 328 30 Blackburn Jose Reina 314 37 Liverpool
Top 5 Strikers For The 2007/08 Season Name Score Rank Team Emmanuel Adebayor 556 1 Arsenal Carlos Tevez 457 3 Man Utd Ashley Young 438 5 Aston Villa Benjani Mwaruwari 422 9 Man City Fernando Torres 412 10 Liverpool
It’s not surprising that Brad Briedel is 4th amongst goalkeepers, given his match winning performance against Newcastle yesterday.
If we can get say 10 players into that top 100 next season, we should be in the top 6. That’s one way of measuring our progress, since the top players in the league seem to be those with the most points.
So the Actim index must be measuring something right.