AFTER 20 matches of the Premier League season, let’s take another look at how Saints’ players are rating in their league performances.

We last assessed the numbers following the conclusion of the 10th league match of the season, and at that point only Alex McCarthy had played every minute.

Nathan Tella, who had seen very limited gametime, was bottom of the pile – Mohammed Salisu was up the other end, as Saints’ best performer.

The last 10 games have seen considerably more success than the first 10, after having to wait eight matches of the campaign before even picking up a first win.

This section harboured three wins, four draws and three losses – with Saints now unbeaten in their last four in the Premier League.

Daily Echo: Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl (Pic: Stuart Martin)Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl (Pic: Stuart Martin)

Let’s delve into the ratings awarded by popular site WhoScored and see who is Ralph Hasenhuttl’s top performer.

25-21

  • Key: Player / PL minutes played / average rating

Theo Walcott 380 6.10

Stuart Armstrong 234 6.22

Willy Caballero 180 6.25

Nathan Tella 520 6.30

Moussa Djenepo 430 6.30

Theo Walcott is Saints’ new lowest rated player after 20 matches played, while previous low scorer Nathan Tella – who was 21/21 last time – is still tied 21 with Moussa Djenepo.

An average rating of 6.30 is probably a bit harsh for him, and Stuart Armstrong will be a surprise given Saints’ inability to win without him in the league, a run stretching back over two years.

Willy Caballero, who signed for Saints as emergency cover in December, has only played two matches for the club.

Daily Echo: Theo Walcott is rated as Saints' worst performer (Pic: Stuart Martin)Theo Walcott is rated as Saints' worst performer (Pic: Stuart Martin)

20-16

Lyanco 437 6.36

Yan Valery 90 6.38

Will Smallbone 70 6.38

Romain Perraud 704 6.39

Shane Long 107 6.49

Lyanco is the next lowest rated, as he still looks to find his feet in English football despite already making himself a fan favourite.

Yan Valery has only played one Premier League match and that was the 1-1 draw with Spurs, in which he was superb at the heart of a Saints defence battling with ten men – so I think his rating is shocking, considering.

Romain Perraud has been enjoying an extended spell in the team of late with Kyle Walker-Peters and Tino Livramento’s absences.

Shane Long has had a surprising resurgence of his Saints career, but all in all the majority of the characters who were at the bottom after 10 matches remain at the foot now.

Daily Echo: Shane Long could get more Premier League minutes after a match-winning FA Cup performance (Pic: PA)Shane Long could get more Premier League minutes after a match-winning FA Cup performance (Pic: PA)

15-11

Ibrahima Diallo 680 6.51

Adam Armstrong 1186 6.54

Jack Stephens 487 6.60

Mohamed Elyounoussi 906 6.62

Nathan Redmond 1206 6.69

Ibrahima Diallo, Adam Armstrong and Jack Stephens were all grouped in the same bunch 10 matches ago, too.

However, Mohamed Elyounoussi and especially Nathan Redmond have since fallen from their starts to the campaign according to the figures.

Redmond’s average rating has fallen by 0.17, while Elyounoussi’s has dropped off at 0.12.

Daily Echo: Nathan Redmond's average rating has fallen (Pic: Stuart Martin)Nathan Redmond's average rating has fallen (Pic: Stuart Martin)

10-5

Alex McCarthy 1350 6.73

Armando Broja 799 6.75

Kyle Walker-Peters 1167 6.80

Che Adams 896 6.82

Valentino Livramento 1616 6.84

Oriol Romeu 1553 6.87

This next group has seen some big changes. Tino Livramento was Saints’ third best performer with an average rating of 7.02 last time around – dropping off 0.16 in the most recent 10 fixtures.

Alex McCarthy and Kyle Walker-Peters have both also dropped by nearly 0.20 each, they were both in Saints’ top five.

Che Adams has seen the biggest rise after stellar form for club and country has inspired him on, despite injury and COVID battles.

Daily Echo: Midfield general Oriol Romeu posts an impressive 6.87 (Pic: Stuart Martin)Midfield general Oriol Romeu posts an impressive 6.87 (Pic: Stuart Martin)

4-1

Mohammed Salisu 1622 6.94

Jan Bednarek 1256 7.02

James Ward-Prowse 1597 7.02

Fraser Forster 270 7.14

Former top performer Mohammed Salisu has dropped down to fourth best in Saints’ squad during the Premier League season. He has seen suspensions for accumulating five yellow cards and a further match for his sending off versus Spurs.

Jan Bednarek and James Ward-Prowse post impressive scores at 7.02, both providing a slice of the goals each this campaign.

But it’s Fraser Forster who cheats the system having only played three Premier League matches to top the table. He has been impressive in all three and is yet to lose, so it’s well deserved.

Considering the longevity, WhoScored are clearly rating Ward-Prowse and Bednarek well up there as Saints’ top performers, though.

How would you rank the squad differently?

Daily Echo: Fraser Forster is Saints' best performer in the Premier League this season, according to WhoScored (Pic: Stuart Martin)Fraser Forster is Saints' best performer in the Premier League this season, according to WhoScored (Pic: Stuart Martin)

Full list of ratings and minutes played

Fraser Forster 270 7.14

James Ward-Prowse 1597 7.02

Jan Bednarek 1256 7.02

Mohammed Salisu 1622 6.94

Oriol Romeu 1553 6.87

Valentino Livramento 1616 6.84

Che Adams 896 6.82

Kyle Walker-Peters 1167 6.80

Armando Broja 799 6.75

Alex McCarthy 1350 6.73

Nathan Redmond 1206 6.69

Mohamed Elyounoussi 906 6.62

Jack Stephens 487 6.60

Adam Armstrong 1186 6.54

Ibrahima Diallo 680 6.51

Shane Long 107 6.49

Romain Perraud 704 6.39

Will Smallbone 70 6.38

Yan Valery 90 6.38

Lyanco 437 6.36

Moussa Djenepo 430 6.30

Nathan Tella 520 6.30

Willy Caballero 180 6.25

Stuart Armstrong 234 6.22

Theo Walcott 380 6.10