We look at the leaders in key statistical categories for Newcastle United at the time the Premier League was suspended.
We are now a month beyond the final match for Newcastle United before the Premier League season was suspended. While the season’s future is still up in the air, we are able to reflect on the action that’s already happened. Today, we will review which Newcastle United player sits atop some of the key statistical categories in EPL play.
Goals: Jonjo Shelvey, 5
With the top two most expensive signings in club history, Miguel Almiron and Joelinton, both playing in the attack, you’d expect the top goalscorer to be an attacking player. But, midfielder Jonjo Shelvey holds that crown at the moment. He’s scored from distance, in clutch moments, and in controversial fashion as he did on the VAR-involved goal against Sheffield United.
Assists: Christian Atsu & Andy Carroll, 3
Neither Christian Atsu or Andy Carroll are consistent starters, which makes the fact that they co-lead in assists is impressive for them and concerning for the primary starters in the attack. They combine for only ten starts and 31 appearances. Carroll’s used his craftiness and experience up top to make his contributions and Atsu prefers to run at tired legs with his pace and get towards the end line before cutting it back inside.
Passes: Martin Dubravka, 748
Newcastle United are the only club in the Premier League to have their goalkeeper as their leading passer. Two of the main reasons for Dubravka leading are the fact that he’s played in every EPL match and that Newcastle plays a very defensive style where he is involved in possession.
Tackles: Isaac Hayden, 49
The defensive presence in the Newcastle United midfield, Isaac Hayden is the top tackler at the club. He has a 51% tackle success rate and has been the most consistent player in the middle of the park with players like Shelvey, the Longstaff brothers, and Nabil Bentaleb stepping in next to him.