Every Premier League team's...penalty-taker
Based on last season's data, we reveal the player likeliest step up to the spot for each club in the 2019/20 campaign.
ARSENAL: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
It’s a good job that Aubameyang converted a couple of penalties towards the end of the season, because his North London derby miss at Wembley in March might otherwise have overshadowed his good record from the spot.
Alexandre Lacazette is two from two in an Arsenal shirt, but is not likely to overtake his strike partner as penalty taker any time soon.
ASTON VILLA: Who knows?
Villa have lost the reliable Tammy Abraham, and are left with a smattering of possible takers with either little experience or who are unlikely to play much.
New signings Wesley Moraes and Jota took one each for Club Brugges and Birmingham last season, with the latter missing. Mile Jedinak and Jonathan Kodjia won’t be first-team regulars.
BOURNEMOUTH: Josh King
Callum Wilson is perhaps the best forward in the division who happily watches his strike partner take penalties.
You can understand why. King dispatched five of his six spot-kicks last season, after Wilson missed on the opening day against Cardiff.
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION: Glenn Murray
Murray is Mr Reliable from 12 yards, converting four from four last season.
Whether Graham Potter will find room for him in the team is another question, though. If not, watch out for Pascal Gross, who netted past David de Gea at the Amex last August.
BURNLEY: Ashley Barnes
Barnes probably had the best season of his career last term, with two penalties (from two) contributing to his 13 goals.
Nobody else on Burnley’s books has ever taken a Premier League penalty for them, though Chris Wood dispatched one in the Europa League and FA Cup last season.
Jorginho scored from the spot on his Chelsea debut at Huddersfield last August, but was soon replaced by Eden Hazard as chief penalty-taker.
He has no such competition this season, with only Willian having ever taken a Premier League penalty for the Blues.
CRYSTAL PALACE: Luka Milivojevic
When you have Wilfried Zaha in your team, you can bank on plenty of opportunities from the spot.
Still, Milivojevic dispatching 10 of his 11 spot-kicks last season is an impressive record, particularly when the one exception was his first.
EVERTON: Gylfi Sigurdsson
Sigurdsson remains Everton’s established penalty-taker, but a strike rate of two from five (he got lucky when scoring from the rebound against Chelsea) means he is looking over his shoulder.
Richarlison seal Brazil’s Copa America victory from the spot at the weekend won’t have helped his cause.
LEICESTER CITY: Jamie Vardy
No need to doubt this one.
Vardy is emphatic from the spot, and would be equally emphatic in ripping your head off if you tried to tell him otherwise.
LIVERPOOL: James Milner
Milner takes penalties without question whenever he is on the pitch, but that may be the case less and less often this season.
Mo Salah is an unconvincing understudy – his penalties are rarely in the corner and are at a good saving height for the goalkeeper – while Sadio Mane has missed two in the AFCON this summer.
MANCHESTER CITY: Sergio Aguero
Manchester City could field an XI of perfectly adequate penalty-takers – yes, including Ederson – but Aguero is rightly the man in possession.
He netted two from two last season, with Gabriel Jesus scoring his only one, so there is no reason ever to give Riyad Mahrez the honour again.
MANCHESTER UNITED: Paul Pogba
Pogba was United’s go-to man last season, but a combination of factors – his below-par 70 percent conversion rate plus a very vocal desire to leave the club – suggest he might not be this time around.
Anthony Martial netted from the spot at the Etihad in November, while Marcus Rashford did the same against PSG in the Champions league.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Matt Ritchie
Ritchie’s switch to left wing-back was entirely selfless, so it’s nice that he’s allowed some personal glory.
His winner against Manchester City was probably the moment of Newcastle’s season, so you’d hope their new manager won’t be cold-hearted enough to take them off him.
NORWICH CITY: Who knows?
It’s a good job Norwich were so good from open play last season, because their penalty record was dreadful.
Five different players missed one in the Championship, with only Mario Vrancic’s effort against Wigan in September proving successful.
SHEFFIELD UNITED: David McGoldrick
McGoldrick took four of Sheffield United’s seven penalties last season, scoring three.
He has a lackadaisical style that will inevitably invite criticism when it goes wrong, but is pretty reliable.
SOUTHAMPTON: Danny Ings
Ings converted all of his three penalties last season, so there is no reason to believe that he won’t be persevered with this term.
If things do take a turn for the worse, there can’t be a much better back-up than dead-ball specialist James Ward-Prowse.
TOTTENHAM: Harry Kane
Not only has Kane developed into one of the most lethal penalty-takers in the world, but he has a ruthlessly selfish streak when it comes to goalscoring.
Giving someone else a go is not an option.
WATFORD: Troy Deeney
Deeney has given up trying to outwit the goalkeeper in favour of smashing his penalties as hard as he can, which makes him much better at them.
Not that anybody would be able to wrestle the ball off him if he missed a couple – other than Deeney, only Tom Cleverley has taken a spot-kick for the Hornets since October 2014.
WEST HAM: Mark Noble
Marco Arnautovic (boo) scored against Bournemouth last August, but Noble took over penalty duties as soon as he returned to the team.
Successfully scoring four from four between February and May suggests that he is not losing the magic.
WOLVES: Ruben Neves/Raul Jimenez
This is tough from a gambling point of view, because these two really do seem to take it in turns.
They even scored one each in the same match last season, the 3-2 defeat to Tottenham in November.
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