Has Ayoze Perez just explained the reasoning behind Newcastle's lack of goals?

Newcastle star Perez has admitted that crossing the ball is a key factor in the Magpies’ game plan.

Speaking to the Shields Gazette, Ayoze Perez of Newcastle United has admitted that playing crosses into the box is a key part of the Magpies’ game plan, despite the fact that they are extremely wasteful with crosses.

Perez said: “Every game we have many crosses, but we don’t score enough goals. We have everything we have to improve. It’s not good enough.”

Perez has admitted that Newcastle are not scoring enough goals, despite the fact that they cross the ball very frequently.

This statement is backed up by the statistics, with the Magpies’ tally of just three goals the lowest in the Premier League.

However, they are also the third highest crossers of the ball, with the Tyneside club averaging 25 crosses per game this season.

Whilst crosses are a good source of goalscoring opportunities, and Newcastle are attempting to take advantage of this, they are failing due to how poor their actual crossing ability is.

Despite attempting 25 crosses per game, they are only managing five accurate crosses each time they take to the field, a poor conversion rate considering Steve McClaren's game plan is heavily built on the desire to score goals from crossed opportunities.

Whether this is an issue with the players crossing the ball, or the striker supposed to connect with it, remains to be seen, but McClaren should seriously consider changing his prime game plan if Newcastle want to pick up their first win of the season.

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