Perfect Toure top from the penalty spot

22 Mar 2018
Yaya Toure, Man City

No player can match Manchester City midfielder's 100 per cent record from 12 yards in Premier League matches

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If you were to choose a Premier League player, past or present, to take a penalty, who would you go for?

The man you should probably choose is Yaya Toure.

This is because the Ivorian is perfect from the penalty spot, converting all 11 of his penalties for Manchester City.

That makes him the only player to have taken at least 10 penalties and not miss one, with a success ratio of 100 per cent.

However, a lack of recent playing time means Toure has been waiting for more than a year to add to his perfect record. His last goal from the spot came against West Ham United in February 2017. 

Le Tissier the king?

Or you might go for Matt Le Tissier. The Southampton great is second in the rankings for success from spot-kicks, after scoring 25 of his 26 efforts. 

Danny Murphy has a similar record of having missed only one of his penalties. The midfielder converted 18 out of 19 from the spot for Liverpool, Charlton Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham.

Baines best of present lot

Among active players, Leighton Baines should be high up any list of men to rely on.

The Everton defender has missed just two of his 22 attempts and one became a goal anyway.

Against Stoke City last season, Baines saw his penalty rebound off a post on to Shay Given's head and back into the net.

In terms of numbers scored Toure still has some way to go in order to catch Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer, who has the biggest haul of successful penalties after scoring on 56 occasions.

All-time best PL penalty strike rates (minimum 10 pens)
Player Pens scored Pens taken Success %
Yaya Toure 11 11 100
Matt Le Tissier 25 26 96
Danny Murphy 18 19 95
James Beattie 16 17 94
Julian Dicks 15 16 94
Thierry Henry 23 25 92
Leighton Baines 20 22 91
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Part 1: Swansea most ruthless from penalty spot
Part 2: Milivojevic leads the way with penalty prowess
Part 3: The best penalty savers in Premier League history
Part 5: Danny Murphy's masterclass on taking penalties

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