Who are the best Premier League penalty takers in the history of the competition? We take a look at which players could best handle the pressure of a kick, while also reflecting on those who couldn’t convert from the penalty spot also in the Premier League.
The only player to score 100% of penalties in the Premier League
Well, players to have taken at least 10 penalties in the competition, at least. When offered as a quiz question, most people will opt for Matt Le Tissier as their guess. Bad.
That accolade is held by former Manchester City midfielder and dominant powerhouse, Yaya Toure. The Ivory Coast star may have lost his temper over not receiving a birthday cake on his 31st birthday, but he certainly kept a cool temper from the penalty spot.
He took 11 Premier League penalties and scored with all of them. The next player with the most penalties and a 100% conversion rate is Dimitar Berbatov (nine out of nine).
Seven of Toure’s 11 Premier League penalties proved to be the game-winning goal, while five put his Manchester City side ahead.
Matt Le Tissier missed a penalty
No it’s not a conspiracy. He may have scored 25 penalties in the Premier League, but Matt Le Tissier missed a free kick in the competition. The only man to save a Premier League penalty shot by Le Tissier? It would be Mark Crossley of Nottingham Forest in March 1993.
That penalty save also mattered – Forest earned a 2-1 away win that day at the Dell, despite Le Tissier making amends (of sorts) after his missed penalty in the 22nd minute, when he scored Southampton’s only goal. game in the 72nd minute.
It was Le Tissier’s third penalty as a Premier League player, having scored the previous two he had taken in the competition. He will never miss the English top flight again, with his next 23 successes past the opposing keeper.
The Guernsey-born striker then made Nottingham Forest pay for his penalty saved against them, as he scored his next four penalties against them in the Premier League, including three against arch-nemesis Crossley – more than against any other club in the Premier League. the competition.
The best of the rest
Danny Murphy scored with 18 of his 19 Premier League penalties taken (95%), with his only failure for Fulham at Manchester City in April 2008 – goalkeeper Joe Hart ruined his record by 100% with his ninth attempt to place in the competition. However, he scored from the rebound to equalize for Fulham, before winning 3-2 and picking up three crucial points in their battle for Premier League survival (a battle they ultimately won).
Julien Dicks (15/16) and James Beattie (16/17) have both scored on 94% of their penalties in the Premier League.
Dicks’ penalty technique favored power, but it wasn’t enough to give him a 100% Premier League record from the spot – David Seaman saving his penalty for West Ham against Arsenal in February 1996.
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Among players who have scored at least 20 Premier League goals, only Luka Milivojevic (79%) has scored a higher proportion of shots on goal (all for Crystal Palace) than Dicks (63%).
Beattie’s only failure came for Everton against Charlton Athletic in January 2006, when Thomas Myhre barred him from entering Goodison Park. This miss came from the only penalty he took in the Premier League in the first 10 minutes of a match (08:09).
Among current Premier League players to take at least 10 penalties, Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson (92%) have the best record on the spot having missed only one of their 12 in the competition. That miss came against Cardiff City for Bournemouth in August 2018, with Neil Etheridge the goalkeeper to destroy Wilson’s 100 per cent record.
Thierry Henry never saw a Premier League penalty saved, but he still missed two of his 25 catches in the competition. Oddly, his two missed shots came hitting the post against two of Finland’s only three goalkeepers to have played in the Premier League (Jussi Jääskeläinen and Antti Niemi). Finish? He could. Finnish? He could not.
Three players who have suffered at least 10 penalties in the Premier League have a success rate of 91%: Leighton Bainesformer Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf and the end Gary Speed. Of the three, Baines took the most penalties (22) – twice as many as Speed and Leboeuf (11). His first missed Premier League penalty came in October 2014 against Manchester United and David de Gea, ending a record for goals from each of his first 14 penalties in the competition.
Unusual facts about the penalty record
Unsurprisingly, top scorer in the Premier League Alain Shearer is the player with the most penalty goals in the competition (56), having also scored the most in the Premier League (67). Frank Lampard (43), Steven Gerard (32), Harry Kane (29) and Mark Noble (28) trail Shearer in the Premier League penalty goalscoring charts.
Only three players have missed at least 10 penalties in the Premier League: Alain Shearer (11), England’s all-time top scorer wayne rooney (11) and Teddy Sheringham (ten).
Middlesbrough’s Little Brazilian Juninho was perhaps one of the most popular players in the club’s history, but he was not good at penalties. A shout out for one of the competition’s all-time worst penalty takers, no player in Premier League history has taken as many penalties as he has (four) without scoring one – Paul Merson (three) and mike newel came close, though (three).
The player with the most Premier League goals, each of them coming by way of penalties, is the former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby (7), while the player who scores the most Premier League goals without one being a penalty is The Ferdinands (149 goals).
Three different players have scored a Premier League penalty for no less than four different clubs, with the trio of Teddy Sheringham (Spurs, Manchester United, West Ham and Portsmouth), Darren Bent (Sunderland, Charlton, Aston Villa and Spurs) and Yakubu (Middlesbrough, Portsmouth, Blackburn and Everton) holding this record.
A round of applause is due to the two Bobby Zamora and Obafemi Martins. These two players are the only two to have scored a penalty in the Premier League with their right foot and left foot, which shows extreme confidence. Zamora has also taken just two penalties in the competition, just 10 months apart. Martins took four penalties, two with each foot, and scored one and missed one with his right foot and left foot – it turns out he never really found the right formula.
Who is the worst penalty taker in the Premier League?
Juan Pablo Angel is the worst penalty taker in Premier League history, from the player to take at least 10 in the competition. He scored just half (five) of his 10 penalties for Aston Villa between October 2001 and October 2006.
The Colombian striker scored four of his first five but then missed four of his last five – including two in the same game against Fulham in February 2005, seeing both penalties saved by Edwin van der Sar in the space of just five minutes and 44 seconds. Ángel had already put his side ahead in the 55th minute at Craven Cottage but had to pay for his two misses as Lee Clark netted an injury-time equalizer for the Whites.
Ángel is one of only three players to miss two penalties in a single Premier League game, the others being Darren Bent for Sunderland against Tottenham in April 2010 (taking three and missing two) and Saido Berahino for West Brom against Watford in April 2016 (missing both penalties taken).
Steed Malbranque and Dwight York both have missed four of the 10 penalties they have taken in the Premier League, while Kevin Phillips only scored 61% of his penalties in the competition (11/18). Man Utd fans saw Paul Pogba missing four of the 11 penalties he took for the club in the Premier League – before handing the blame to Bruno Fernandes or Cristiano Ronaldo – including what could be the last he has ever taken in the competition – missing against the Wolves in August 2019.
Of 29 players to have taken at least 20 penalties in the Premier League, Mike Owen has the worst success rate from the penalty spot, scoring just 14 of his 21 kicks in the top flight.
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