As mentioned in the previous article In terms of grades, the grading system will be be done from A+ to an F, where A+ is a magical one of a kind season and F is the type that makes you want to put the players in stocks and hurl rotten vegetables at them.
Also it's not just about performances but expectations, previous history etc. For example it would be unfair to give Stuart Taylor a low grade on the basis that he only played 4 games, nor totally slam Simon Church after he didn't even feature.
Stats used are Premier League ones only.
You always felt that Brian McDermott never really trusted Cummings. Whether it was bringing in Griffin, Mullins, Gunter or Kelly, Cummings was always been one of the first players chopped by Brian whenever form dipped.
He played 9 games in all this year but wasn't part of a winning side in the league and while he was steady his performances never screamed 'YOU NEED TO PICK ME'. Still, Cummings is still just 24 years old and he's done more than enough to suggest he's capable at Championship level and could still prove himself in the Premier League.
Yet to make his debut under Nigel Adkins, it'll be interesting to see if he's retained especially with Kelly and Gunter clearly ahead of him in the pecking order.
Games: 14 Goals: 1
With Gorkss so strong last season an often repeated muttering on the terraces was 'how stupid was Warnock to get rid of Gorkss?!' Sadly, we now know why as Kaspars struggled mightily in the Premier League and even back in the Championship he couldn't regain his form, as he suffered relegation while on-loan at Wolves.
He was still strong in the air and a calming influence, but he lacked pace, his distribution was poor and was just made to look so average by even decent Premier League strikers.
His surprise return for the final game at West Ham suggested he may have a future here but his performance in that game showed why he's a short-term option at best. We love you Kaspars but this wasn't your finest hour.