Leeds loanee Edgar Cani could have benefited from Stephen Warnock's crossing ability

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Had he stayed, former Leeds United defender Stephen Warnock's regular crosses could have helped new signing Edgar Cani add to his goal-tally.

Leeds United sprang something of a surprise in the January transfer window by signing Catania striker Edgar Cani on loan for the rest of the season.

The surprise was not in the fact that Leeds added to the arrivals of Sol Bamba and Granddi Ngoyi, but that they signed a striker who rarely scores, rather than a much-needed winger or two.

In fact Cani’s arrival was that bit stranger because of Leeds’ current lack of width. After all, Cani is a target man who would benefit from balls into the box, and one of the players who has most recently excelled in that area has just been sold.

Stephen Warnock left for Derby County earlier in the January transfer window, but his record of 53 crosses so far this season – with a 28 per cent crossing accuracy and three assists to date – suggests he would have been a wonderful option to have with Cani up front.

  Total CrossAccurate CrossCrossing AccuracyGoal Assist
Alex Mowatt 102 16 16% 1
Sam Byram 53 10 19% 0
Stephen Warnock 53 15 28% 3

While Alex Mowatt has played considerably more crosses this season he has managed just one more accurate cross than Warnock, leaving his accuracy at just 16 per cent.

However, Warnock is gone, leaving it up to the players still at Leeds to supply Cani and his fellow forwards with sufficient balls into the box, be that in the air or on the ground.

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