Darko Lazović is one of the best crossers in Italy for years, yet it was claimed here that he "can't cross". Since the beggining of 2015/16 season, Lazović has 14 assists in all competitions, but the xA (expected number of assists) is on 24.37! That's one of the biggest margins between the actual number of assist and expected one.
Again, during the same period, he averaged 4.89 crosses, with the success rate of 32.4%. For instance, Kieran Trippier, one of the best crosser in Europe during that period, 4.43 crosses with slightly better success rate of 34.4% (i'm using easily checkable data from WyScout, i know Rob and other people use it so it's easy to check if i'm telling the truth).
What's more interesting. Trippier, since the beggining of 2015 16 season, has 26 assists, which is 12 more than Lazović, but his xA is at 31.2! That means that the margin between Trippier's assists and xA is only about 5 assists, compared to Lazović's 10, naturally, because Trippier played with players that are much better in the box than Lazović.
Ofcourse, i am not only speaking about numbers. Lazović's crossing is extremely impressive visually. He can cross from various angles, positions, his vision is great, his technique is great, he puts weights in crosses brilliantly, and he even crosses with both feet. Nonethless, it was a struggling battle to move him from 74 LPA i think? Yet he's easily at least for 85 LPA. And no, don't even try to claim that he "improved massively" because the numbers and video material are not lying, he was an extremely impressive crosser since like 2010 in Serbia.
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