Modern football continues to advance and we regularly see the birth of innovative tactics, though one attacking art form that continues to thrive is effective delivery from out wide.
The opening weeks of the new Premier League season has seen some of the division’s leading lights showcase their talents, from lofted arched crosses to driven balls across the famed ‘corridor of uncertainty’.
We’ve decided to delve into the stats as the new campaign begins to take shape, and look at some of the Premier League’s most prolific crossers.
Here are the league’s top five…
Luka Milivojevic – Crystal Palace – 50 crosses
The Crystal Palace captain and set-piece specialist continues to deliver regularly for Roy Hodgson’s side, with the Serbian having fired in 50 crosses in seven Premier League appearances so far this season.
The midfielder has played a key role in Palace’s impressive start to the new campaign, the Eagles currently sitting sixth in the table following their win at West Ham prior to the international break.
Despite his prolific crossing, remarkably, Milivojevic is yet to register a single assist so far.
Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City – 54 crosses
Unsurprisingly featuring highly in this list is Manchester City’s brilliant Belgian, who continues to provide arguably the best delivery in the division.
De Bruyne has enjoyed a scintillating start to the new season, providing eight assists already and will have one eye on breaking Thierry Henry’s record of 20 in a single Premier League campaign.
Central to De Bruyne’s success has been his superb delivery from wide areas, usually from the inside right position, the 28-year-old having made 54 crosses for the season so far.
James Maddison – Leicester – 55 crosses
Slightly ahead of De Bruyne is Leicester star Maddison, who continues to demonstrate why he regarded as one of the most promising creative talents in the Premier League.
The 22-year-old has shone for Brendan Rodgers’ exciting young side, the Foxes currently sitting in the Champions League places following an impressive start to the season.
Maddison created more chances than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues last season, and could feature highly again in those rankings having fired in 55 crosses and registered two assists over the first eight rounds of fixtures.
Lucas Digne – Everton – 66 crosses
A fan’s favourite at Goodison Park after being crowned as Everton’s Player of the Season last term, the French full-back has continued to perform despite the club’s difficult start to the season.
The former Barcelona left-back provides pinpoint delivery from wide areas, whilst he also shares set-piece duties as chief supplier for Everton’s forward options.
Having provided six assists last season, the 26-year-old is on course to beat that tally already in the opening weeks of the new campaign, having registered two assists and provided 66 crosses for Marco Silva’s side.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool – 78 crosses
The Premier League’s cross king in the opening weeks of the new season is Liverpool’s flying full-back, who alongside Andy Robertson on the opposite flank has become key to Jurgen Klopp’s winning machine.
The England international broke the record for most assists in a single season by a defender last term, and should he not surpass that figure this season it will not be for a lack of trying.
The 21-year-old has whipped in 78 crosses for the league leaders so far, comfortably the most in the division, registering two assists already as he looks to once again provide the ammunition for Liverpool’s formidable forward line.