• Jorginho and Mo Salah are regarded as two of the best Premier League penalty takers

  • Penalty takers are an important factor to consider when building your FPL team

  • Read below for the EPL penalty takers in 2021/22 and more


Penalties can cause an upset in EPL predictions. Moments of great controversy often lead to a spot kick from 12 yards out.

Such opportunities have saved bets and boosted stats. The best penalty takers in the Premier League have been near a guarantee.

With contrasting styles from stuttered run ups to powerfully driven top corner efforts, penalty taking is a meeting of science and art. It is an examination of technique as much as it is mentality.

Those with wagers in the Premier League odds can often be left thanking a penalty for saving their day. It can go the other way, of course, with a last gasp spot kick busting an accumulator or ruining your sure fire bet of the day.

Let’s take a deeper look at the past and present of Premier League penalty takers…

EPL Penalty Takers (21/22)

The best EPL penalty takers in 2021/22 have been doing the job for years. Other clubs have less certainty over their spot kicks, with either multiple players sharing the duties or the manager having to change who takes the responsibility.

Manchester United, for instance, have rotated through a few penalty takers over the last couple of seasons. Bruno Fernandes has made the job his own in recent months, though that could change with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

For many clubs, it will depend on who is on the pitch at any given moment.

Players like Frank Lampard and Alan Shearer used to barely miss a minute, meaning they took pretty much every penalty throughout a season. With squad rotation, there are fewer clubs in that position now.

Jorginho is Chelsea’s first choice, as an example, but Mason Mount and Timo Werner both stepped up at times last season.

There’s a similar scenario at West Ham. With Mark Noble no longer in the first XI (he played just 707 Premier League minutes last season), David Moyes has been tasked with finding a new penalty taker. Declan Rice and Michail Antonio are two candidates to take the responsibility.

Burnley have a unique arrangement. Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes share penalty duties with each of them taking the penalties they win themselves.

  • Arsenal – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette

  • Aston Villa – Anwar El Ghazi, Danny Ings

  • Brentford – Ivan Toney

  • Brighton – Pascal Gross, Neal Maupay

  • Burnley – Chris Wood, Ashley Barnes

  • Chelsea – Jorginho

  • Crystal Palace – Luka Milivojevic, Wilfried Zaha

  • Everton – Dominic Calvert-Lewin

  • Leeds – Patrick Bamford

  • Leicester – Jamie Vardy

  • Liverpool – Mo Salah

  • Manchester City – Kevin De Bruyne

  • Manchester United – Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes

  • Newcastle – Callum Wilson

  • Norwich – Teemu Pukki

  • Southampton – James Ward-Prowse

  • Tottenham – Harry Kane

  • Watford – Ismaila Sarr

  • West Ham – Mark Noble, Michail Antonio, Declan Rice

  • Wolves – Raul Jimenez, Ruben Neves

Most Premier League Penalties

Alan Shearer is the all-time leader in Premier League penalties scored. As the league’s top scorer ever and a cool penalty taker, it’s hardly surprising to see Shearer at the top of this list.

The Newcastle icon converted 56 spot kicks in the Premier League, leaving him with over 200 non-penalty goals.

Frank Lampard is second to Shearer with 43 penalties scored. Lampard had seven saved in the Premier League, while Shearer was more ruthless, failing to score on just six occasions.

There’s another big gap to third all-time with Steven Gerrard scoring 32 Premier League penalties throughout his Liverpool career. Gerrard, like Lampard, didn’t convert seven times, giving him a worse success rate than his long-time England teammate.

Following two of the best Premier League midfielders of all-time, Sergio Aguero scored 27 of his 33 spot kicks. Mark Noble joined the Argentine on 27 penalties scored, though the West Ham icon only required 30 penalties to reach that mark.

Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane are the two highest ranked players still regularly taking penalties. On 26 and 24 respectively, the former England teammates should be near the top of this list by the time they hang up their boots.

FPL Penalty Takers

Penalty takers often make good FPL captain picks. It’s an opportunity at some easy points and has powered some massive season totals from players like Kevin De Bruyne, Mo Salah and Bruno Fernandes in recent years.

It’s also a means to find some value options. Many FPL managers have invested in Jorginho or Luka Milivojevic at points in the last few campaigns as a result.

Alongside his set piece prowess, James Ward-Prowse being on penalty duty for Southampton enhances his worth as an FPL asset. He’s priced at just £6.5 million in 2021/22 and scored three of his four attempts from 12 yards in 2020/21.

Obviously, penalties being awarded is a difficult thing to project from an FPL perspective. It’s rarely a good idea to select a player just because they take penalties, as it’s impossible to know how many opportunities they will get.

It can, however, be a good tie breaker if you’re struggling to decide between two options.

Best Penalty Takers In The Premier League

With just one miss in 15 penalty attempts, many would label Mo Salah as the best penalty taker in the Premier League.

The Egyptian has plenty of company, however, with Jorginho and Luka Milivojevic also recognised as two of the most clinical from the spot.

Around 75% of penalties are scored. On that basis, it’s fair to say anyone who scores more than three-quarters of their attempts is a ‘good’ penalty taker.

Some are clearly far better than that, but a track record is important, particularly when it comes to the biggest moments.

While Shearer and Lampard might have missed a handful throughout their careers, they would still be on the shortlist if you could choose anyone to score a vital penalty.

With a combined 50 penalties scored in 58 attempts, it would be unfair to overlook Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy when discussing the Premier League’s best penalty takers.

They have proven their ability from the spot over a prolonged period, often delivering when the pressure was greatest.


*Credit for the main photo belongs to Clive Rose / Pool via AP*

 

FIRST PUBLISHED: 6th September 2021

About the Author
By
Sam Cox

Sam is a sports tipster, specialising in the Premier League and Champions League.

He covers most sports, including cricket and Formula One. Sam particularly enjoys those on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean – notably MLB and NBA.

Watching, writing and talking about sports betting takes up most of his time, whether that is for a day out at T20 Finals Day or a long night of basketball.

Having been writing for several years, Sam has been working with 888Sport since 2016, contributing multiple articles per week to the blog.