We will start with probably my favourite player in the Bundesliga at the moment, thanks to his playing style- Stefan Lainer. In an analysis written on Lainer in early July, I predicted he could be one of the signings of the season and he has certainly lived up to that tag so far, as I will explain.
So how has he been so successful?
Let’s start offensively. Lainer has a pivotal role within Gladbach’s tactics and their offensive system which involves getting up and down the line and delivering crosses into the box. His accuracy of cross is exceptional, be it his signature ground-driven cross or lofted cross. Lainer is second in the Bundesliga for crosses so far this season with 41 and leads the Bundesliga in cross accuracy so far this season with a brilliant 51.2% accuracy. Compare this to Trent Alexander Arnold, who currently has an accuracy of 28%, and only averages just over one more cross than Lainer per game.
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