Norwich have the most accurate crosser in the league - so why so few goals?

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Norwich City have the most accurate crosser in the Premier League in the shape of Robert Snodgrass. But their strikers are letting them down.

At the start of the season I tipped Norwich city to have an excellent campaign.  I won't say exactly where in the table I predicted them to finish for fear of being laughed out of town, but it was high; far higher than the 15th place they currently find themselves in.

In the process of researching for another article, I came across a fascinating statistic - at least for people whose fascination is piqued by such things - and that is that Robert Snodgrass is the most accurate crosser of the ball in the top flight.

That is based on the fact that while he is joint-top with James Ward-Prowse in terms of accurate crosses (46 in the league to date), the Norwich man has made considerably less appearances - 17 to Ward-Prowse's 23.

So bearing that in mind, Snodgrass produces 2.71 accurate crosses per game.

PlayerAccurate Cross / appsAppsMins
Robert Snodgrass 2.71 17 1,447


PlayerTeamAccurate CrossAppsMins
Robert Snodgrass Norwich 46 17 1,447
James Ward-Prowse Southampton 46 23 1,138

Given that Norwich invested heavily in front-men last summer, with Gary Hooper and Ricky van Wolfswinkel both arriving at Carrow Road, the fact that they had such a reliable supplier of balls into the box surely meant they would enjoy quite the debut season.  But in fact, the Canaries are the joint second lowest scorers in the Premier League with just 19 goals to date.

Manchester City 68 24
Liverpool 58 24
Arsenal 47 24
Chelsea 44 24
Manchester United 39 24
Everton 37 24
Southampton 34 24
Newcastle United 32 24
Tottenham Hotspur 31 24
Swansea City 29 24
West Bromwich Albion 28 24
Aston Villa 27 24
Sunderland 25 24
West Ham United 24 24
Stoke City 24 24
Hull City 23 24
Fulham 22 24
Norwich City 19 24
Cardiff City 19 24
Crystal Palace 15 24

Van Wolfswinkel is the biggest disappointment, with the Dutchman netting just once in the league to date, and proving I was wrong to tip him as one of the bargain buys of last summer.  But if the players can begin to convert the chances Snodgrass regularly lays on for them, they should still have enough to survive.

Just don't ask me to predict where they will finish - either this campaign or next.  For the record - and I still cannot believe how wrong I was - I thought they would end this season eighth!

Gary Hooper 5 19 1,405
Leroy Fer 3 23 1,969
Jonny Howson 2 16 1,297
Bradley Johnson 2 19 1,449
Robert Snodgrass 2 17 1,447
Ryan Bennett 1 12 988
Anthony Pilkington 1 11 623
Nathan Redmond 1 21 1,350
Steven Whittaker 1 14 970
Ricky van Wolfswinkel 1 15 917


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