Revealed: Portsmouth’s top performer during opening third of season

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Pompey are more than a third of the way through the season. 

The Blues' 1-1 draw with Accrington on Saturday represented their 16th League One game of the campaign. 

Craig MacGillivray '16 games'7.3 match rating

Craig MacGillivray '16 games'7.3 match rating

Kenny Jackett’s men sit top of the table on 35 points – two clear of second-placed Peterborough.

It’s been a superb start from Pompey as they push for promotion into the Championship and a number of players have impressed.

And, according to the News’ player ratings, Jack Whatmough has been the Blues’ star man to date. 

The sports desk has dusted down the calculator and worked out the players’ average ratings using those marks out of 10 – allocated in the paper and at portsmouth.co.uk – after each game.

Jack Whatmough has been Pompey's top performer so far this season, according to the News' ratings. Picture: Andrew Fosker

Jack Whatmough has been Pompey's top performer so far this season, according to the News' ratings. Picture: Andrew Fosker

Whatmough has made 12 appearances and averaged a match rating of 7.6.

The centre-back has become a regular in Jackett’s starting line-up, although he was rested for the Accrington draw.

The academy graduate has partnered Matt Clarke in central defence for the majority of the season.

The ex-Ipswich defender has featured in every game so far and is Pompey’s joint-second top performer, having racked up an average match rating of 7.5.

Tom Naylor and Ben Thompson have both impressed since their summer arrivals from Burton and Millwall respectively and also boasts a score of 7.5.

Ronan Curtis and Jamal Lowe have plundered 12 goals and nine assists between them, proving potent attacking threats.

They can’t be separated on their ratings for the campaign, either, having averaged 7.3 apiece.

The names at the opposite end of the table won’t surprise a lot of the Fratton faithful.

Danny Rose (5) has made just a solitary substitute appearance off the bench, while Andre Green (5) played once before undergoing a knee operation. 

Check out the video at the top of the article for The News’ Pompey player ratings in full.

Note: Ratings have been calculated from League One and Carabao Cup games only.