2 Newcastle players feature in Top 10 Premier League providers last season
Two Newcastle players are included in the Top 10 Premier League stars who put in the most crosses throughout the 2015/16 season.
Top marks though go to Leicester’s Marc Albrighton who completed an incredible turn around in his career last season, released by Villa two years ago, the winger put in a phenomenal 221 crosses in an all action year which resulted in him being one of the unsung heroes of their amazing title win.
Mesut Ozil is some way back in second place with 198 crosses, whilst bizarrely, Newcastle United are the only club to feature two players in the top 10 when it came to putting in crosses.
Moussa Sissoko was the eighth most prolific with 151 crosses, whilst Daryl Janmaat was once cross and one position back in ninth.
Considering they were playing for a team that struggled so badly and was set up so negatively for 28 matches by Steve McClaren, the stats are more than a little surprising.
However, just like in 2014/15, last season saw almost all of Newcastle’s attacking play go down the right-hand side, with Janmaat and Sissoko combining for most of that.
It was only once Andros Townsend arrived and made 12 starts late in the season, that Newcastle had an alternative threat from the flanks, then ironically Rafa Benitez split up the Sissoko/Janmaat partnership by playing Townsend regularly on the right.
With over 300 crosses going into the box from the Newcastle pair, you do have to wonder how it led to so few goals.
As well as maybe looking at the quality of those crosses, you also have to take into consideration how slow Mitrivoc is in getting up the pitch if Janmaat/Sissoko are sprinting down the wing, whilst a major weakness at Newcastle for years has been how few players we get in the box.
This latter point being tackled by Rafa Benitez in those final 10 games and no surprise that Newcastle’s scoring rate significantly improved, though sadly not enough to undo the damage left by others.
Premier League players who put in most crosses throughout 2015/16 season, as compiled by the Express:
221 Albrighton (Leicester)
198 Ozil (Arsenal)
192 Payet (West Ham)
175 Tadic (Southampton)
166 Willian (Chelsea)
162 Navas (Man City)
161 Brady (Norwich)
151 Sissoko (Newcastle)
146 Eriksen (Tottenham)
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