Clarets Players Dominate Actim Index 2008/9
The Actim Index is the official player rating system of the English Premier League and Coca-Cola Championship. It was introduced for the 2004/05 season and was devised by statisticians at the University of Salford in partnership with PA Sport.
The 2006/07 season saw the Actim Index enhanced by the addition of assists and clean sheets to the factors that are taken into account.
Now that the season has been completed in terms of the 2008/9 fixture list, it is remarkable to find out that the Clarets have 9 players in the Championship Top 100 and have one player in the Top 5 of each of the Goalkeepers, Defenders, Midfielders and Strikers sections. Graham Alexander was the top defender in the Championship!
This is even more remarkable when you consider we have had a small squad. The number of players that have played more than a handful of games this season equates to 16 players so well over 50% of them have made the Index.
These are the ratings for the Clarets players in the Top 100 Actim Index
Graham Alexander 6th
Martin Paterson 9th
Brian Jensen 12th
Wade Elliott 14th
Chris Eagles 24th
Robbie Blake 36th
Steven Caldwell 61st
Clarke Carlisle 69th
Chris McCann 83rd
In terms of the Top 5 categories
Goalkeepers: Jensen was 3rd
Defenders: Alexander was 1st
Midfielders: Wade Elliott was 4th
Strikers: Martin Paterson was 4th
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