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One measurement I quite like, when assessing a player's PB potential, not just for PB but for TOTM, is their highest Average Top-3 PB scores. It was inspired by a Twitter post by @dryoffyourcheek, way back in June, which seems a lifetime ago!

I thought it would be interesting to look at the Top-5 performers from last season, how they have performed this season and also to look at this season, to see who the current Top Performers are. Big shout out to @footballindexed who provide a wealth of data to download in Excel format, to help crunch the numbers. They have a 14-day free trial via the following link.

Now, a few caveats here. The data does not include last week, so someone like Neymar, probably is ranked 1st on Forwards now due to his massive score last week. The last season data is across the whole season, whereas this season it's only based on less than half a season, so bear that in mind. Also, it doesn't account for position, or team changes. Many players have shown improvement with more gametime, Reece James at Chelsea, for example, is getting far more gametime this season, compared to last, as is Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Roma and Ekambi at Lyon. It's also worth noting the players who have less gametime, the likes of Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo. Hopefully, it will provide some insights, and can be useful when used in conjunction with the IPD PEGY Data.

Consistency is key, especially for PB and TOTM. The guys who appear in the Top-5 this season and last season, based on Top-3 PB Averages are KEYLOR NAVAS, BEN CHILWELL, ANGEL DI MARIA, BRUNO FERNANDES and ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI. 

2019/2020 GOALKEEPERS

PETER GULACSI (RB Leipzig) Last Season Rank 1 (217.67) РThis Season Rank 25 (128.67)

YASSINE BOUNOU (Sevilla) Last Season Rank 2 (207.33) – This Season Rank 67 (99)

MANUEL NEUER (Bayern) Last Season Rank 3 (207) – This Season Rank 12 (145)

ALISSON (Liverpool) Last Season Rank 4 (205.33) – This Season Rank 17 (139.33)

KEYLOR NAVAS (PSG) Last Season Rank 5 (205) – This Season Rank 5 (151.67)

2020/2021 GOALKEEPERS

ANTHONY LOPES (Lyon) This Season Rank 1 (177) – Last Season Rank 20 (170.67)

ANDREA CONSIGLI (Sassuolo) This Season Rank 2 (161.33) – Last Season Rank 84 (140.33)

KOEN CASTEELS (Wolfsburg) This Season Rank 3 (158) – Last Season Rank 9 (193)

LUKAS HRADECKY (Leverkusen) This Season Rank 4 (152.33) – Last Season Rank 26 (170.67)

KEYLOR NAVAS (PSG) This Season Rank 5 (151.67) – Last Season Rank 5 (205)

2019/2020 DEFENDERS

TRENT ALEXANDER ARNOLD (Liverpool) Last Season Rank 1 (300.33) – This Season Rank 32 (176.67)

BEN CHILWELL (Chelsea) Last Season Rank 2 (290.67) – This Season Rank 3 (234)

ACHRAF HAKIMI (Inter) Last Season Rank 3 (278.67) – This Season Rank 21 (187.67)

SERGIO RAMOS (Madrid) Last Season Rank 4 (272.67) – This Season Rank 7 (216.67)

SERGIO REGUILON (Tottenham) Last Season Rank 5 (268) – This Season Rank 129 (141)

2020/2021 DEFENDERS

MATS HUMMELS (Dortmund) This Season Rank 1 (253.33) – Last Season Rank 103 (195.67)

NAYEF AGUERD (Rennes) This Season Rank 2 (235.33) – Last Season Rank 287 (155.67)

BEN CHILWELL (Chelsea) This Season Rank 3 (234) – Last Season Rank 2 (290.67)

REECE JAMES (Chelsea) This Season Rank 4 (225) – Last Season Rank 84 (203.67)

ANDREW ROBERTSON (Liverpool) This Season Rank 5 (221.33) – Last Season Rank 15 (245.67)

2019/2020 MIDFIELDERS 

TONI KROOS (Real Madrid) Last Season Rank 1 (366.33) – This Season Rank 38 (179.33)

JOSIP ILICIC (Atalanta) Last Season Rank 2 (363.67) – This Season Rank 232 (115.67)

BRUNO FERNANDES (Man Utd) Last Season Rank 3 (326.33) – This Season Rank 1 (289)

CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN (Inter) Last Season Rank 4 (324.67) – This Season Rank 308 (96)

ANGEL DI MARIA (PSG) Last Season Rank 5 (321.33) – This Season Rank 4 (237.33)

2020/2021 MIDFIELDERS

BRUNO FERNANDES (Man Utd) This Season Rank 1 (289) – Last Season Rank 3 (326.33)

RODRIGO DE PAUL (Udinese) This Season Rank 2 (246) – Last Season Rank 35 (258.67)

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN (Roma) This Season Rank 3 (241) – Last Season Rank 100 (219.67)

ANGEL DI MARIA (PSG) This Season Rank 4 (237.33) – Last Season Rank 5 (321.33)

JACK GREALISH (Aston Villa) This Season Rank 5 (232) – Last Season Rank 78 (229.33)

2019/2020 FORWARDS

SERGE GNABRY (Bayern) Last Season Rank 1 (363) – This Season Rank 20 (204.67)

LIONEL MESSI (Barcelona) Last Season Rank 2 (336.67) – This Season Rank 11 (225)

CRISTIANO RONALDO (Juventus) Last Season Rank 3 (332.67) – This Season Rank 12 (224.67)

ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI (Bayern) Last Season Rank 4 (328) – This Season Rank 1 (270.33)

PAULO DYBALA (Juventus) Last Season Rank 5 (312) – This Season Rank 53 (156.67)

2020/2021 FORWARDS

ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI (Bayern) This Season Rank 1 (270.33) – Last Season Rank 4 (328)

NEYMAR (PSG) This Season Rank 2 (268.67) – Last Season Rank 8 (297)

SON HEUNG-MIN (Tottenham) This Season Rank 3 (254.33) – Last Season Rank 27 (245.44)

MOHAMMED SALAH (Liverpool) This Season Rank 4 (235) – Last Season Rank 52 (222.33)

KARL TOKO EKAMBI (Lyon) This Season Rank 5 (233) – Last Season Rank 167 (162.67)

Below is some of the data from above along with Avg Mins from last season and improvement/decrease from last season.

LAST SEASON DATA 2019/2020

THIS SEASON DATA 2020/2021

 

What are your thoughts on the above? Who stands out to you? If anyone has any requests for players, give me a shout either below or via Twitter @FBItrader and I'll try to dig out the data for them.