Who are the best penalty takers in Premier League history? And which 10 players are amongst the very worst?
It’s a question we can actually provide a very accurate answer for.
Based on the latest conversion statistics that have been tracked and updated every game since the competition first began, it’s easy enough for us fans to see how many penalties a player has coolly slotted home, or alternatively, rattled into row Z.
But all that researching and calculating conversion percentages can be quite time consuming for your everyday fan that just wants to settle a debate in the pub, so thankfully, we have wonderful sites like The Analyst to make our lives a little easier.
So, without further ado, let’s get into it – we’ll start with the good ones.
Disclaimer: As the percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number, those who have scored more penalties will be given priority. Furthermore, only players that have taken 10 or more spot-kicks will be considered.
The 10 best penalty takers in Premier League history
=9. Gary Speed – 10/11 | 91%
=9. Frank Leboeuf – 10/11 | 91%
8. Leighton Baines – 20/22 | 91%
7. Callum Wilson – 11/12 | 92%
6. Thierry Henry – 23/25 | 92%
5. Julian Dicks – 15/16 | 94%
4. James Beattie – 16/17 | 94%
3. Danny Murphy – 18/19 | 95%
2. Matthew Le Tissier – 25/26 | 96%
1. Yaya Toure – 11/11 | 100%
Thought Le Tissier was the Premier League’s best ever penalty taker? The stats suggest that honour goes to former Man City midfielder Toure.
The Southampton icon did actually miss one against Nottingham Forest in 1993 which is what counts against him here, although it seems doubtful that Toure could have maintained his 100% conversion rate for another 15 strikes.
Murphy was always known for keeping calm under pressure from the spot and missed just once in 19 attempts, allowing him to claim the final podium place.
Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Henry wasn’t too shabby either, missing just twice in 25 and seizing sixth.
We suppose you’re wondering where Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Alan Shearer are? Well, the trio are the highest scoring Premier League penalty takers of all time, but their conversion rates fall just below the required level.
Alan Shearer – 56/67 | 84%
Frank Lampard – 43/50 | 86%
Steven Gerrard – 32/41 | 78%
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The 10 worst penalty takers in Premier League history
Are you ready for the naming and shaming?
Na, we’re only kidding, although it certainly does pose an interesting twist on the matter…
10. Teddy Sheringham – 21/31 – 68%
9. Wayne Rooney – 23/34 | 68%
8. Christian Benteke – 10/15 | 67%
7. Riyad Mahrez – 12/18 | 67%
6. Michael Owen – 14/21 | 67%
5. Paul Pogba – 7/11 | 64%
4. Kevin Phillips – 11/18 | 61%
=2. Dwight Yorke – 6/10 | 60%
=2. Steed Malbranque – 6/10 | 60%
1. Juan Pablo Angel – 5/10 | 50%
Poor Angel, the Premier League’s worst ever penalty taker isn’t a nice title to hold.
But he can take comfort in the fact that there’s a handful of players that have had multiple attempts from 12 yards and never hit the back of the net once – shoutout to Juninho (4), Paul Merson (3) and Mike Newell (3).
Penalties just aren’t for everyone.
Link to original research article: The Analyst.
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