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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

There is something quintessentially British about goals with headers.

The first goal in the history of the Barclays Premier League was scored with a header – Brian Deane for Sheffield United against Manchester United on ?? August 1992 - and there is something about forwards flying in with their heads to send the ball rocketing into the roof of the net that stirs crowds in the competition.

However, such goals would appear to be on the wane. This season so far there have been on average fewer than four headed shots per match in the Barclays Premier League, the lowest since data suppliers Opta started compiling such data 11 seasons ago.

The percentage of goals scored by headers (15%) is also heading towards a low in the past 11 seasons, so to celebrate this form of football we are focusing on who have been the most successful headers of the ball in the history of the Barclays Premier League, players and teams.

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You can vote for the attacking player who was the best all-time header of the ball in our poll on the bottom of the home page. Was the bravery of Duncan Ferguson, who has the record for the most headed goals in a season, better than Alan Shearer’s weight of numbers as the all-time leading scorer of headers? Or was Tim Cahill’s defying of gravity and his relatively small height more worthy? You decide.

This will be followed by a poll looking at the aerial ability of forwards currently in the Barclays Premier League. Is Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke or Peter Crouch, of Stoke City, the top headers because of their height, or is Daniel Sturridge’s ability to steal in front of his marker and direct glancing headers into the net more meritable?

Table 1: Most headed goals all-time - player (Top 10)

Player   HEADED GOALS
Alan Shearer 46
Dion Dublin
45
Peter Crouch
42
Les Ferdinand
40
Dwight Yorke
38
Teddy Sheringham
36
Duncan Ferguson
36
Tim Cahill
31
Robbie Fowler
28
Andrew Cole
27


Table 2: Most headed goals all-time - team

team Pens Taken Goals
Success
Manchester United
11 11 100.00%
Everton
26 25 96.20%
Chelsea
19 18 94.70%
Aston Villa
17 16 94.10%
Tottenham Hotspur
16 15 93.80%
Arsenal
25 23 92.00%
Newcastle United
11 10 90.90%
Liverpool
11 10 90.90%
Blackburn Rovers
0 18 90.00%
Southampton
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