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Top five: Premier League penalty takers

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John Terry's penalty against Barcelona, in which the most prestigious piece of silverware was on the line, was a penalty that will never be forgotten.

Some penalty takers however relish the opportunity from 12 yards, wanting to add to their tally for the campaign.

GMS Academy member Liam Hosking runs through the five penalty takers in the Premier League who goalkeepers fear to face...

5) Wayne Rooney

Although the English are regarded for crashing out of major tournaments during a penalty shoot-out, this man knows where the goal is.

Averaging 0.5 goals per game at his Manchester United career is a stat that should not go unnoticed.

Although Rooney has missed a couple, he more often or not stands up and wants to be the hero and does not care about the consequences of a miss as it does not normally happen to him.

However, his responsibility has been vanquished because of a few missed spot-kicks and the abilities of Robin van Persie.

4) Frank Lampard

Chelsea hero to many of the fans with his ability to score near enough 20 goals a season from the midfield position.

He has the ability to arrive late into the box and is always so composed when a chance comes his way.  

He always steps up to the plate using often the power technique to mean that the goalkeeper has no chance.

He has always been Chelsea's number one penalty taker, even when Didier Drogba demanded one to try and receive the Golden Boot.

Lampard however was not phased by the situation and took the penalty and of course dispatched it.

He has also missed a few in his time, but has took an incredible amount, many winning games without even a seconds thought.

3) Leighton Baines

The Everton man is a set-piece specialist and can score from all kind of positions when taking free-kicks.

His skills from 12 yards are also accomplished, with the precision that affords the goalkeeper absolutely no chance to get anywhere near his penalties.

He has however missed one penalty against Chelsea in the FA Cup,  but he has now learnt from his lesson and since then has been successful with every penalty in the blue of Everton.

For a left-back he knows how to hit the back of the net, as demonstrated with his two free-kicks against West Ham this weekend.

2) Robin van Persie

The Dutch star that I was referring  to earlier could only be one man: Robin van Persie.

His sweet left foot can score from anywhere, let alone the penalty spot with only the goalkeeper in his way.

He strikes the ball as cleanly as anyone and is also able to get the direction which makes missing a penalty almost out of the question.

Van Persie was definitely the difference that bought back the Premier League to Old Trafford last season, with his goal tally continuing from his successful season with Arsenal.

1) Rickie Lambert

You may be surprised that four England players star in this top five, but the Saints striker is by far better than anyone else.

He has followed in the footsteps of Matthew Le Tissier and has so far gone one better with a 100 per cent record - Lambert has scored 32 out of 32 spot-kicks for the Saints.

Playing for teams such as Rochdale in his early career was not the place he deserved to be and he is now living up to his credentials in the Premier League, getting called up to the English national team in recent weeks.

Maybe Lambert can rectify England's poor penalty stats for the future...?

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