TOP 9 PLAYERS OF THE SEASON (BASED ON RATINGS)
PLAYER OF THE SEASON SO FAR
by Martin Shaw
Following the Yeovil game, and with just one game to go during the regular season, these are my average player ratings based on the 54 league+cup games so far this season (top 9 players):
Mellis 6.94, MacDonald 6.88, Potter 6.83, Diamond 6.83, Hamilton 6.80, Benning 6.80, Logan 6.75, Pearce 6.74, Rose 6.73.
Note: only ratings for players starting a game are included - ie. sub appearances not included.
Minimum appearances: 15.
Mellis has started fewer than half of Mansfield’s games this season (26 out of the 54 games played). He has been consistent in that he has had a rating higher than 6 in 20 of his 26 games started.
MacDonald has been a player who has covered every blade of grass on the pitch. His form tailed off after Evans left (he is not alone in that). His goal return of just 3, including the memorable one away to Coventry, is disappointing, while his set pieces have also been disappointing. From open play, he has been very good.
It may be a bit of a surprise to see Potter towards the top of the list (he’s also at the top of the list for fans’ average ratings, see below). However he has only started 20 games out of the 54 played this season, and of those 20 games, Mansfield won 12. That suggests he should have started more.
Diamond, the club captain, has also started fewer than half of Mansfield’s games this season (21 out of the 54 games played). Had a stinker at home to Crewe (he wasn’t alone) when he was subbed early but otherwise has been good in the games he’s played.
Hamilton has come on leaps and bounds this season, creating shed-loads of chances from his pacey runs down the left. Still room for improvement in his final product, but it has got so much better this season. I still believe he may earn the club a lot of money one day and I’ll be looking for my cut :-)
Benning lost his place during the season a couple of times to Hunt, but has mostly been consistent and is ending the season in top form, with a memorable winner at Chesterfield.
Logan has saved Mansfield on many occasions this season with fabulous saves. Kicking has been excellent too. Some costly errors started to creep into his game towards the end of the season.
Pearce has been commanding in the air and good on the floor and a rock in central defence. Like his central defensive partner Bennett, his goal return of just 2 for the season has been disappointing.
Rose is the top scorer with 17 goals, but his season stalled after Evans left not scoring under Flitcroft. Good in the air, with lots of goals from headers and with both feet too.
As an interesting aside, my average player ratings just for the 43 league+cup games played under Steve Evans were (top 9 players):
Potter 7.19, MacDonald 7.15, Mellis 7.00, Diamond 7.00, Rose 6.97, Hamilton 6.92, Pearce 6.85, Benning 6.83, Logan 6.81.
Thanks to Pete Wright for his spreadsheet.
On the Stagsnet messageboard, throughout the season, fans have been giving their player ratings for each game. Eggy has been working hard to collect this data and Pete Wright has summarised. Up to the Luton away game, the top 4 players were: Potter 7.30, MacDonald 7.12, Pearce 7.06, Diamond 7.05.
Many thanks to Eggy and Pete for their hard work on this, and to all the fans who have entered their ratings. This data will be updated by Pete and Eggy shortly as we reach the end of the season.
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