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James Tarkowski won the player ratings from the 3-0 win against Southampton on the opening day of the season and he’s done it again in our 2-1 defeat at Arsenal to move him ahead of Ashley Barnes in the Up the Clarets Player of the Year Table.

1920 burnley james tarkowski 00 500x500There was a lot of speculation about Tarky, and a potential move to Leicester, during the pre-season, but he’s still a Burnley player, he’s still in a claret and blue shirt (and green shirt for that matter) and he’s still turning in excellent performances.

I thought it was difficult to choose between him and Ben Mee again at Arsenal but in the man of the match vote they both had to play second fiddle to goalkeeper Nick Pope who made a series of saves to win with a 49% share of the vote. Then came the two central defenders with Tarkowski winning 20% and Mee 15% while fourth place went to last week’s man of the match winner Ashley Barnes who picked up a 13% share of the vote.

As was the case last week, the ratings reflected the man of the match vote with the same top four in each with just the top two swapping places. They were the four players to score over seven out of ten with Tarkowski in front with a rating of 7.86. Behind him were Pope, Mee and Barnes who had ratings of 7.59, 7.54 and 7.19 out of 10 respectively.

This result has given both Pope and Tarkowski, last season’s winner, eight points towards the player of the year with Mee scoring four points and two points for Barnes which has now taken Tarkowski to the top of the table, five points ahead of Barnes, the first leader of the season.

The next vote will be for the Wolves game which will be underway within an hour of the final whistle this Sunday.

The Arsenal result and the current player of the year table are below.

MAN OF THE MATCH

39% – Nick Pope
20% – James Tarkowski
15% – Ben Mee
13% – Ashley Barnes
4% – Jack Cork
2% – Ashley Westwood
1% – Dwight McNeil & Erik Pieters
1% – Matt Lowton & Jay Rodriguez
1% – Chris Wood
0% – Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson

PLAYER RATINGS

7.86 – James Tarkowski
7.59 – Nick Pope
7.54 – Ben Mee
7.19 – Ashley Barnes
6.92 – Jack Cork
6.73 – Ashley Westwood
6.16 – Dwight McNeil
6.08 – Matt Lowton
5.84 – Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson & Chris Wood
5.81 – Erik Pieters
5.03 – Jay Rodriguez

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

15: James Tarkowski
10: Ashley Barnes
8: Nick Pope
7: Ben Mee
4: Erik Pieters

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