Newcastle Have Just One Player In Premier Top 100

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.

Comments welcome.

39 comments so far

  • jordi

    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #1

    Brad Briedel Ed? Did they have two keepers in? Neither wonder we lost! 😉

  • obafemimartins

    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #2

    could be our defence was better yesterday thanksto chris hughton because we only conceded 1 and the only player making mistakes was steven taylor. we should drop him before it costs us.

  • Dragoner

    Mar 2, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #3

    i am really impressed with how adebayor has changed peoples opinions of him, last season he was clumsy and arsenal fans always moaned at him, now he is the best striker in the premiership…crazy

  • shirts

    Mar 2, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #4

    The defense still seemed shaky to me. What about Taylor & Cacapa in the middle with Faye as DM to protect them? Dropping Butt, of course…

    I actually think Cacapa’s been better than Taylor, though he’s a little slow.

  • Dragoner

    Mar 2, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #5

    obafan you are right, because the overall team played well no one really noticed the idiotic errors taylor made yesterday, against a better team we would have been punished on numerous occassions

  • Dragoner

    Mar 2, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #6

    me too shirts

  • Dragoner

    Mar 2, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #7

    put faye, cacapa, beye and enrique at the back. People need to realise that Taylor makes at least 2 or 3 embarrassing mistakes per game. it is unacceptable.


    Mar 2, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #8


    Liverpool v Newcastle (0)
    Birmingham City v Newcastle (3)
    Newcastle United v Fulham (3)
    Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United (0)
    Newcastle United v Reading (3)
    Portsmouth v Newcastle United (0)
    Newcastle United v Sunderland (3)
    West Ham United v Newcastle United (1)
    Newcastle United v Chelsea (1)
    Everton v Newcastle United (0)


    Sunderland v Everton (0)
    Sunderland v Chelsea (0)
    Aston Villa v Sunderland (0)
    Sunderland v West Ham United (1)
    Fulham v Sunderland (1)
    Sunderland v Manchester City (1)
    Newcastle United v Sunderland (0)
    Sunderland v Middlesbrough (1)
    Bolton Wanderers v Sunderland (0)
    Sunderland v Arsenal (0)


    Portsmouth v Birmingham City (0)
    Birmingham City v Newcastle (0)
    Reading v Birmingham City (1)
    Birmingham City v Manchester City (1)
    Wigan Athletic v Birmingham City (0)
    Birmingham City v Everton (0)
    Aston Villa v Birmingham City (0)
    Birmingham City v Liverpool (0)
    Fulham v Birmingham City (3)
    Birmingham City v Blackburn (3)


    Bolton Wanderers v Liverpool (0)
    Wigan Athletic v Bolton (0)
    Manchester United v Bolton (0)
    Bolton Wanderers v Manchester City (1)
    Bolton Wanderers v Arsenal (0)
    Aston Villa v Bolton (0)
    Bolton Wanderers v West Ham United (3)
    Middlesbrough v Bolton (0)
    Tottenham Hotspur v Bolton (0)
    Bolton Wanderers v Sunderland (3)
    Chelsea v Bolton (0)


    Reading v Manchester City (1)
    Liverpool v Reading (0)
    Reading v Birmingham City (1)
    Reading v Blackburn (1)
    Newcastle United v Reading (0)
    Reading v Fulham (3)
    Arsenal v Reading (0)
    Wigan Athletic v Reading (0)
    Reading v Tottenham (1)
    Derby County v Reading (3)


    Aston Villa v Middlesbrough (0)
    Arsenal v Middlesbrough (0)
    Middlesbrough v Derby County (3)
    Chelsea v Middlesbrough (0)
    Middlesbrough v Man Utd (0)
    Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough (0)
    Middlesbrough v Bolton (3)
    Sunderland v Middlesbrough (1)
    Middlesbrough v Portsmouth (0)
    Everton v Middlesbrough (0)
    Middlesbrough v Manchester City (1)


    Wigan Athletic v Arsenal (0)
    Wigan Athletic v Bolton (3)
    Blackburn Rovers v Wigan Athletic (0)
    Portsmouth v Wigan Athletic (0)
    Wigan Athletic v Birmingham City (3)
    Chelsea v Wigan Athletic (0)
    Wigan Athletic v Tottenham (0)
    Wigan Athletic v Reading (3)
    Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic (0)
    Wigan Athletic v Man Utd (0)

    Overall assesment 42 points for us = staying up If we maintain the form of yesterday.


    Mar 2, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Dragoner how many times has Cacapa made embarrassing mistakes this season

    How many times have you made a twat out of yourself with the usual drivel you write on this blog with you little cronies Tom_Tit(Tom_Toon) , Crack Teaser ( Black caesar) and Mongal (Michael)

    Do you see what i did there they’re a play on words

    God im funny

  • Dragoner

    Mar 2, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #10

    The difference is, Cacapa has saved us on countless occassions also, and is new to the premiership, i ain tgot to defend him, his history speaks for itself, you knob, go learn about football outside of the premier league because mate you aint got a clue

  • Dragoner

    Mar 2, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #11

    in fact, learn about football outside of nufc,

    ‘fish bowl’


    Mar 2, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Ive been going to matches for 15 years mate i’ll bet i know plenty more about football in general than you and certainly more about our players and club, you annoying piece of southern shit

    Taylor has cost us and saved us this season and so has capapa more in most opinions but Taylor over the course of the last 2 or 3 years taylor has been easily our best defender and only short minded wankers like you dont appreciate him

    I would love you to say some of your Fish bowl comments, or your usual smart arse remarks about KK or the Taylor and Milner should be dropped tripe that you type on here in the City centre or most of the north east you would be picking up your teeth off the floor you obnoxious fickle little bastard just go and pretend to support arsenal or Chelsea because we dont need you.

    P.S. You never answered one question when did you start to support newcastle during King Kevs or Sir Bobbys time as manager Because you can bet your bottom dollar it werent when Ardiles, Dalglish, Gullit or Souness were over us because if so you would never spout about foreign managers for our club.

    I just cant be bothered to waste my time sticking up for my club against pricks like you, Black Caesar, Tom_Toon and Michael i just wonder how loud you would shout your opinions in SJP no very i suppose.

  • Tore T

    Mar 2, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #13

    I totally agree with Dragoner, Cacapa is a far better player than Taylor at the moment. Cacapa has had a decent start on his Newcastle career, apart from the infamous Pompey-match he’s been playing quite well. Taylor is a local lad and all, but now we’ve got to focus on what’s best for the team, we are in trouble.

    Drop Taylor, Butt and Smith, and we’ll be far better off. Martins has to play, he’s our best striker.

  • Chicken

    Mar 2, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #14

    Not bad for a lad who can’t cross, eh?

    I still reckon that if young Jimmy had been looked after properly at a decent club with a decent manager he’d be a hell of a lot closer to the England squad than he is now.

    I think we should count ourselves extremely lucky to have him at NUFC. But I suppose we will still keep hearing from the handful of special ones on here about how he isn’t good enough.

  • Dragoner

    Mar 2, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #15

    keep the comments to a reasonable length craigg, because i seriously cannot be bothered to read the drivel you just spewed. i got about two or three lines into what you just said and then just stopped reading. stop wasting your time with pathetic essays lol

    and i doubt you know anything of football outside of nufc by the way, it is fairly evident in your idiotic and deluded posts. E.g. Your pro-english bullshit…”applaudable” lol


    Mar 2, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #16

    He can cross well with either foot, shoot with either foot, pick a pass, dribble and keep the ball to alleiviate the pressure and has great stamina and can run really fast (Despite having no pace apparently)

    It’s people on here that dont give him credit for it
    some of the comments on here about Milner drive me mad he has been easily our best player for the last two seasons and was Villas best player the season before that just look at his assists and goal tally compared to Duff, Barton, N’Zogbia, butt, Geremi this season or or any of last seasons midfielders he was top then and he is top now.

  • GP

    Mar 2, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #17

    I don’t think it’s that Jimmy can’t cross, it’s just he isn’t as consistent with his balls in as he should be. If he can sort that out, he might just get his chance for England.

    But with England there are already two very good young right wingers in Bentley and Lennon. While I think Lennon is a bit one dimensional at the minute, the more games he plays the more he’ll learn and eventually he’ll be able to use more than raw pace to get past players. I think Jimmy would have a better chance at England on the left, since only Downing and I suppose Joe Cole (who is better as an attacking midfielder or playing off a striker imo) are really fighting for that spot.


    Mar 2, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #18

    Dragoner people respond to my comments in a positive manner because im a season ticket holder
    who knows about what im talking about.
    Who generally says anything nice about the shit that you write.
    My pro english bullshit as you put it is down to foreign managers nearly taking my club to bankruptcy or relegation and mercenaries like Guivarch, Bassedas, Luque, Dumas, Domi, Perez, Marcelino, Distin, Cordone, Boumsong, Babayaro and Amdy Faye trying to or taking my club for a ride.

    I love Oba martins, Emre, Given, Faye, Beye, Enrique, N’Zogbia

    And I used to like or love Solano, Sibierski, Asprilla, Ginola, Albert, Srnicek, Hislop, Robert, Bernard and even Acuna but yes i believe teams in this country should have a English or british base as its an english football club

    I dont have anything against foreign players who help or try for my club and I also admire foreign managers like Wenger, Mourinho, Rijkaard, Hitzfeld, Pellegrini, Lippi, etc.

    Just because i dont rate deschamps i hate foreigners apparently.

  • jeff

    Mar 2, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Ive just read Taylor is making noises about a new contract and the fact one hasnt been offered yet..Is this really the time to be talking about contracts when the team is fighting relegation…I think the club should fine him and if he fooks off then so be it….He isnt a great player and makes a hell of a lot of mistakes…He keeps playing for the crowd to sing his name..He needs to improve big time…..I think this season he has listen to his own press for too much and is going the same way Jenas Dyer and all those others went …Button it Taylor and get us out of this mess that you have helped get us into


    Mar 2, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #20

    Heres my “pro english bullshit” team of our premiership years dragoner:

    Barton Woodgate Albert Beresford
    Solano Lee Speed Robert
    Ferdinand Shearer

    Subs: Srnicek, Venison, Dyer, Beardsley, Cole

    10x English
    1x French
    1x Peruvian
    1x Belgian
    1x Welsh
    1x Irish
    1x Czech

    But thats way too english so heres a team of our overseas cousins for you:

    Charvet Marcelino Boumsong Babayaro
    Cordone Bassedas AmdyFaye Luque
    Guivarch Andersson

    Subs: Dumas, Domi, Helder, Gavilan, Gudjonnsson

    6x French
    2x Spanish
    2x Argentine
    1x Nigerian
    1x Senegalese
    1x Swedish
    1x Portugese
    1x Paraguayan
    1x Icelandic

  • jordi

    Mar 2, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #21


    What no Viana and Jon Dahl? Surely theres a place for them somewhere? And not just in the Ryman League…

    Felt sorry for Tommasson a bit though. Just couldn’t cut it.

  • Ant (Smith and Barton are SHIT)

    Mar 2, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Not one mention of Charlie?



    Mar 2, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #23

    Jordi ive been trying to forget about most of these yes for next season when we can name 7 subs for a league match Viana and Tommasson would be in there
    My point to dragoner is that i dont have anything against foreign players if they are good for newcastle utd thats all which the second team weren’t

    If i was totally pro english Dragoner then my prem team would be:-

    Barton Woodgate Venison Beresford
    Dyer Lee Beardsley Sellars
    Ferdinand Shearer

    Subs: Watson, Taylor, Clark, Milner, Cole.

    The only english keeper harper aside that played for us in the premiership as Hislop eventually played for T&T i can think of was Mike hooper so i’d take my chances with Pedro in nets again!!!


    Mar 2, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #24

    Do you remember hooper dragoner no ???
    you of superior football knowledge Dumas, charvet, marcelino, Perez ring any bells???

    Its all gone quiet over there

  • Gilly

    Mar 2, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Craigg – can’t believe you put Pedro on the bench, he would have got into my side ahead of Speed

    Good team though bud


    Mar 2, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Pedro was only on the bench because he was primarily a forward who could play in centre mid he was superior to Speed but i just think that speed would add a better balance to that team if it was real (which it aint)

    Dragoner you still havent said who was manager when you started supporting our club

  • billygee

    Mar 2, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #27

    I’m a season ticket holder too and i think Taylor is making too many mistakes at the back. just because he is a local boy doesn’t mean he is a good defender, he still has a lot to learn.

  • Geordie Joe

    Mar 2, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #28

    craig – how have you got beardsley on the bench. He is in my opinion the best player we have ever had.


    Mar 2, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #29

    Barton Woodgate Albert Beresford
    Solano Lee Beardsley Robert
    Ferdinand Shearer

    Subs: Srnicek, Venison, Dyer, Speed , Cole

    Is everyone happy now

    As i said before Beardsley was primarily a deep lying striker who could play as an attacking centre Mid role so to balance that you would have to have a holding player like Batty (Even though Lee played that role in his later years at the toon) so i put speed in there as he was a naturally left footed Central midfielder who was a great foil for Rob Lee.

    I did rate Beardsley more than everyone except Shearer in the above team

    but im sorry to have Caused offense to Pedros reputation.

  • Geordie Joe

    Mar 2, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #30

    That team would easily win the league if that was our team now.


    Mar 2, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #31

    The team with speed in it would have won the league… lol

  • Marty

    Mar 2, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #32

    CRAIG,Lets face it Milner is a good player but he CANNOT CROSS the ball.i know you said he can n probably can but doesn`t n thats been our problem i.e not giving the strikers service


    Mar 2, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #33

    Anyway forget the past as good as it was thinking ahead to next Season when we stay up:


    Beye/Brown Taylor/Faye Kompany/Ramage Bridge/Enrique

    Arshavin/Milner Carrick/Butt Emre/Sidwell N’Zogbia/Duff

    Owen/Martins Ashton/Carroll

    Out on loan: Forster, Krul, Edgar, Kadar, Tozer, Baheng, Godsmark, Donaldson, Barnes (If we sign him), Madine (If we sign him)

    Sold or released: Geremi, Barton, Carr, Cacapa, Viduka, Smith, Ameobi.

    In: Brown, Kompany, Bridge, Arshavin, Carrick, Sidwell, Ashton.


    Mar 2, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #34

    What was the problem yesterday then marty even Butt and Barton were creating chances and Milner certainly did the striker (owen)
    i cannot class Smith as a striker more a pacemaker

  • Amdy_Is_Our_God

    Mar 2, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #35

    How dare you make fun of Amdy Faye

    He’s clearly the best player the premier league has ever had


  • Andy1

    Mar 2, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #36

    This Actim list doesn’t tell you anything. How can you respect it as a judge of the best players when Bramble makes the list

  • wags

    Mar 2, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #37

    i missed the game yesterday but in the last few games the strikers have been to deep to give an service to if they were in the right spot then milner would cross the ball more

  • Obafan

    Mar 2, 2008 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #38

    CRAIGG – do you really believe what you write here?

    Taylor or Cacapa; every time I would pick Cacapa; 5 years captain of Lyon (most succesfull team in France for 10 years; even great Champions League campaings). So that would not have been lcuk; he was always in the top of their team. Don’t start that French League is average, it is not that good as EPL, but it is a strong league.
    Taylor makes mistake after mistake; if Cacapa made the same mistakes he would not even make the bench anymore. Taylor is overrated and I rather see him on the bench than on the pitch. Why is he so protected. We need experience at the center of our back now. So drop Taylor and play with Beye – Cacapa – Faye – Enrique in the back.

    Milner can’t kick 5 good crosses in ne game. I really do not understand the making of that top 100. How on Earth can Milner be the best player from our team. I wonder in which position Beye is? Milner another overrated player. Let Duff play on the right and N’Zogbia on the left.

    I also read your comments of the team 10 years ago, with my favourite Albert in it. That was a great team under a great manager. But this is the biggest mistake the board could make; going back to the past. KK, really lots of respect for the man, can not do it anymore. He shows lots of spirit by willing to take the club in this mess situation, but he lost his magic IMO. The board should have already had a their man before they sacked SA. If they had their man lined-up we could have been active in the January window to attract good players who could make the team better. And then we would not be in this situation I’m quite sure about that!!!

  • hanzemre

    Mar 3, 2008 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #39

    Forget all of the past (bar those good lovely memories) if only it brings more misery, complicated mess worths nothing atm so lets be a man to march on with what we’ve got atm. & with current situation KK’s team are playing better by game so be confident we’d escape the hell of relegation.Come on & support your team.howay the NU.


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