Lazio midfielder Luis Alberto is one of the most important and creative players in the Biancocelesti squad this season, so it seems confusing that the 28-year-old Spaniard has failed to register an assist in Serie A this season.
Last campaign, the former Liverpool man managed to provide 16 assists in 36 league appearances. When looking at the stats, Luis Alberto had an expected assist (xA) rate of 10.83, or 0.31 per 90 minutes, meaning that he clearly benefited from Ciro Immobile’s decisiveness last campaign.
This season, after 26 games, the Spaniard has an xA of 4.89, with that figure being 0.22 per 90 minutes, not a dramatic drop despite failing to register a single assist this campaign.
So, what does this all mean?
It means that the 28-year-old Spaniard’s creativity has not dramatically dropped this season, despite the difficulties associated with the busier schedule and the Covid-19 pandemic.
It also means that Luis Alberto’s teammates, namely forwards like Ciro Immobile, Vedat Muriqi and Joaquin Correa, have failed to truly capitalize on the chances created by the Spanish midfielder.
With Lazio still have nine games left to play this season, the Biancocelesti midfielder can still look to provide key assists in the business end of the campaign. If you were looking to bet on Luis Alberto’s assist haul this season, then make sure to check bookmaker-ratings.com for the best tips and deals.
Luis Alberto has completed 107 shot-creating actions this season, averaging 4.88 a game, which is only a slight drop from his 5.96 average last season. This makes it highly surprising that he’s failed to register a single assist in the league, suggesting that his teammates’ finishing is more to blame than his creativity.
Contracted to the club until 2025, the former Sevilla player will continue to be a focal point of Inzaghi’s squad for the next few seasons, and it’s only a matter of time now before his Serie A assists start rolling in.
It’s not been an easy season for Luis Alberto either. First, he suffered from a short battle with Covid-19, which forced him to miss the league clash against Torino and two Champions League matches against Club Brugge and Zenit St. Petersburg.
He then was involved in a small dispute with club president Claudio Lotito, after he publicly complained about the Biancocelesti owner’s decision to purchase a Boeing 737 for the club.
Finally, Luis Alberto was forced to undergo emergency appendix removal in January, which then forced him to miss the league match against Sassuolo and two Coppa Italia clashes against Parma and Atalanta.