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In the best of team performances there is usually a stand out player and when the team is at its absolute worst, as we were last Saturday in the dreadful defeat against Arsenal, then often one player is still considered our best on the day.

That accolade, if it could even be considered that, went to midfielder Sander Berge who is way ahead in the chase to become the Up the Clarets Player of the Year, and it is the man of the match vote that has seen him take this dubious honour.

He won it with 32% of the vote with loan striker David Datro Fofana taking second place with a 19% share. Dara O’Shea, the pick of the beleaguered defence, was third with 13% while Jay Rodriguez, who came on as a substitute and showed he cared, was fourth with 11% of the vote.

The player ratings were as low as they’ve ever been. Four players didn’t even reach a rating of four out of ten and only three went above the five rating for a below average performance. Those top three all had exactly the same rating which means Berge, Fofana and Rodriguez share top spot with 5.14 out of ten. The one remaining player from the top four in the man of the match vote was O’Shea and he was fourth in the ratings with 4.82 out of ten.

It’s another ten points for Berge and Fofana has won eight points. There are six points for Jay Rod and three for O’Shea. Those points have extended Berge’s lead at the top to 41 points over the currently injured Lyle Foster but just below, O’Shea has now moved a point ahead of James Trafford into third place.

With the hope that the ratings will be higher, and they really can’t be much lower, the next game comes this Saturday at Crystal Palace with the vote and ratings getting underway after the game.

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

MAN OF THE MATCH

32% – Sander Berge
19% – David Datro Fofana
13% – Dara O’Shea
11% – Jay Rodriguez
5% – Wilson Odobert
4% – James Trafford
4% – Josh Brownhill & Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson
2% – Charlie Taylor
2% – Lorenz Assignon
1% – Aaron Ramsey
1% – Hannes Delcroix
1% – Maxime Estève
1% – Zeki Amdouni

PLAYER RATINGS

5.14 – Sander Berge, David Datro Fofana & Jay Rodriguez
4.82 – Dara O’Shea
4.75 – Charlie Taylor
4.61 – Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson
4.41 – Lorenz Assignon
4.34 – Wilson Odobert
4.30 – James Trafford
4.14 – Maxime Estève
3.68 – Hannes Delcroix
3.48 – Aaron Ramsey
3.45 – Josh Brownhill
3.36 – Zeki Amdouni

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

107: Sander Berge
66: Lyle Foster
58: Dara O’Shea
57: James Trafford
54: Luca Koleosho
37: Jordan Beyer
32: Charlie Taylor
29: Josh Brownhill
27: Wilson Odobert
24: David Datro Fofana
22: Ameen Al-Dakhil
15: Zeki Amdouni & Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson
14: Hannes Delcroix
12: Lorenz Assignon, Arijanet Muric & Vitinho
11: Hjalmar Ekdal
10: Josh Cullen
8: Anass Zaroury
7: Jacob Bruun Larsen & Jay Rodriguez
5: Aaron Ramsey
4: Maxime Estève & Nathan Redmond

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