A couple of years ago we used to follow the Actim index – which ranks how players have played in the Premier League.
Kevin Nolan – in 9th place
They rank various players in the PL by things like completed passes, goals scored, crosses made, saves made and the like, depending on which position they are monitoring.
And during our relegation season Newcastle didn’t have too many players in the top 100, although we remember Steven Taylor was in at around 60th place.
We looked at the latest index last night and would you believe we have two players in the top 10?
Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan are those players, and it’s scary if they are still living in the same house. And they are actulaly on the exact same points total of 304, so really are both joint 8th, although that’s not how the Actim index shows them.
Andy Carroll – in 8th place
You can look at all the ranking here, but suffice to say that Andy Carroll is in 8th position and Kevin Nolan is in 9th position.
Here are the top 10 players this season so far in the Premier League, with their points totals.:
1 Dimitar Berbatov Man Utd 367 2 Florent Malouda Chelsea 366 3 Gareth Bale Tottenham 351 4 Didier Drogba Chelsea 347 5 Nemanja Vidic Man Utd 333 6 Carlos Tevez Man City 318 7 Joe Hart Man City 306 8 Andrew Carroll Newcastle 304 9 Kevin Nolan Newcastle 304 10 Marouane Chamakh Arsenal 300
Other Newcastle players in the top 100 include Joey Barton (32), Jonas Gutierrez (39) Fab Coloccini (69) and Jose Enrique (72).
Former Newcastle target Seb Larsson is in at number 30 – so he could have been a decent buy.
And Sunderland’s top player is young Jordan Henderson at number 27.
The one Newcastle player missing in the top 100 that’s a little surprising is Cheick Tiote, who is one of Newcastle’s top players this season.