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Saturday 15 February 2014

Poll: Who is best penalty taker in Barclays Premier League?

As Steven Gerrard moves level with Thierry Henry we dissect the records from the spot

  • Gerrard has moved into joint fourth in the ranking of BPL penalty goals

  • Gerrad moves level with Thierry Henry on 23 goals from the spot

  • Alan Shearer leads the way with 56 goals scored from penalties

  • Second is Matt Le Tissier who boasts a better conversion rate

  • Frank Lampard is the highest scorer of penalties among active players

With the penalty that earned Liverpool an important 3-2 victory over Fulham on Wednesday, Steven Gerrard moved level with former Arsenal forward Thierry Henry in number of spot-kicks converted in the Barclays Premier League.

The Liverpool captain has scored 23 goals from the spot in the Barclays Premier League, joint fourth with Henry, and Gerrard has third spot in his sights. He is just three successful penalties away from going alongside Matt Le Tissier's 26 spot-kicks.

Gerrard remains a fair distance behind the top two penalty-takers in the Barclays Premier League. Alan Shearer leads the way with 56 goals, followed by Frank Lampard with 43. To reach Henry's total Gerrard required five more attempts than the Frenchman. Indeed the conversion rate of Gerrard is worst in the top five and, in the top 10 of penalties scored, only Gareth Barry has a poorer record. However, it could be argued that with greater technology in the game nowadays for goalkeepers to research penalty takers as well as more athletic glovemen, Gerrard faces a more difficult task than players of relative yore.

So is Gerrard the best taker of penalties the Barclays Premier League has had? Or are the other four better? You can vote in our poll on the premierleague.com homepage.

The player with the best record from the spot is Everton's Leighton Baines, who has yet to miss one of his 11 penalties taken. He is followed by Le Tissier who converted all but one his 26 spot-kicks (96%). From the players who have taken a minimum 10 penalties, the worst conversion rate belongs to former Aston Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel, who scored with half of his 10 spot-kicks.

This season is on course for the best conversion rate for penalties in the history of the Barclays Premier League. Of the 53 penalties awarded, only nine have been missed, a conversion rate of 83%. This is beating by 1% point the rate of the opening season in the Barclays Premier League, 1992/93, when 81 out of 99 spot-kicks were successfully converted (81.8%).

The goalkeeper with the most saves from penalties is David James, who stopped 13 spot-kicks, about one in five of every spot-kick he faced. However, the goalkeeper with the best rate of preventing penalties is David Seaman, the former Arsenal stopper, who kept out almost one in three of the 22 penalties he faced.

Table 1: Most penalty goals (Top 20)

Player   Pens Taken   pens Goals 
% conversion
Alan Shearer 67 56 83.58
Frank Lampard 49 43 87.76
Matthew le Tissier 26 25 96.15
Steven Gerrard 30 23 76.67
Thierry Henry 25 23 92
David Unsworth 26 22 84.62
Teddy Sheringham 31 21 67.74
Gareth Barry 23 18 78.26
Ruud van Nistelrooy 22 18 81.82
Yakubu 22 18 81.82
Gary McAllister 21 18 85.71
Beardsley, Peter 20 18 90
Danny Murphy 19 18 94.74
Robbie Fowler 23 17 73.91
Robbie Keane 20 17 85
Darren Bent 20 17 85
Mikel Arteta 19 17 89.47
Ian Wright 22 16 72.73
James Beattie 17 16 94.12
Wayne Rooney 22 15 68.18


Table 2: Best conversion rates of penalty-takers (min 10 taken)

Player Pens Taken Goals
Success
Leighton Baines 11 11 100.00%
Matthew Le Tissier 26 25 96.20%
Danny Murphy 19 18 94.70%
James Beattie 17 16 94.10%
Julian Dicks 16 15 93.80%
Thierry Henry 25 23 92.00%
Frank Leboeuf 11 10 90.90%
Gary Speed 11 10 90.90%
Peter Beardsley 20 18 90.00%
Emmanuel Adebayor 10 9 90.00%


Table 3: Worst conversion rates of penalty-takers (min 10 taken)

Player Penalties
Goals
Success
Juan Pablo Angel 10 5 50.00%
Jermain Defoe 14 8 57.10%
Dwight Yorke 10 6 60.00%
Steed Malbranque 10 6 60.00%
Kevin Phillips 18 11 61.10%
Jonathan Walters 13 8 61.50%
Michael Owen 21 14 66.70%
Teddy Sheringham 31 21 67.70%
Wayne Rooney 22 15 68.20%
Ian Wright 22 16 72.70%


Table 4: Penalty conversion rates by season

Season Pens Taken Pen scored success rate
2013/2014 53 44 83.00%
1993/1994 99 81 81.80%
2002/2003 92 75 81.50%
2000/2001 68 54 79.40%
1997/1998 72 57 79.20%
2012/2013 86 68 79.10%
2008/2009 85 67 78.80%
2004/2005 84 66 78.60%
1995/1996 68 53 77.90%
2006/2007 112 87 77.70%
2003/2004 89 69 77.50%
2009/2010 111 86 77.50%
2007/2008 88 68 77.30%
2010/2011 105 81 77.10%
1999/2000 85 65 76.50%
1996/1997 80 61 76.30%
2005/2006 76 57 75.00%
2011/2012 100 72 72.00%
1998/1999 73 51 69.90%
1994/1995 97 67 69.10%
1992/1993 92 61 66.30%
2001/2002 73 48 65.80%


Table 5: Goalkeepers with the most penalty saves

Goalkeeper Pens Saved Pens Faced Success rate
David James
13 63 20.63%
Thomas Sorensen 12 50 24.00%
Brad Friedel
10 51 19.61%
Mark Schwarzer
10 48 20.83%
Shay Given
9 62 14.52%
Jussi Jaaskelainen
9 52 17.31%
Edwin van der Sar
8 31 25.81%
Robert Green 
7 31 22.58%
Tim Howard
7 28 25.00%
David Seaman
7 22 31.82%

 

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Key Points

  • Steven Gerrard moved level with Thierry Henry in fourth place of all-time penalty scorers
  • Liverpool captain remains a long way behind Alan Shearer, the leading scorer from the spot in the Barclays Premier League
  • Users of premierleague.com have the chance to vote for the best penalty-taker