Penalty-taking is not for the faint of heart.
Premier League penalty takers are a hot topic after United duo Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford both have failed to score from the spot.
It may be that Manchester United can’t seem to agree on their penalty kicker, but it seems other top-flight clubs can.
That is why we bring you an accurate and up-to-date table of the Premier League 2019/2020 penalty takers.
Premier League 2019/2020 penalty takers
|Team||Penalty taker||Back-up penalty taker|
*Norwich struggled from the spot last season and rotated their taker looking for success. It is thought that Vrancic is the primary taker.
*Wolves rotate penalty-taking duties between Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez, with the Mexican having taken – and scored – their most recent.
Eden Hazard has been Chelsea’s primary penalty taker in recent years and his departure to Real Madrid means that previous backup taker, Jorginho, will likely resume responsibility. Chelsea’s backup taker is yet to be clear, Willian is the logical replacement at the club, but new arrival Christian Pulisic and returning loanee Tammy Abraham are also good from the spot.
Abraham’s loan spell ending at Aston Villa has left them without their primary taker. Jonathan Kodjia was the stand-in replacement but the recent signing of Wesley could impact his game time. As a result, captain Jack Grealish is the most stable choice.
Another Chelsea loanee who has returned home and left a set-piece taker slot vacant for Newcastle is Kenedy. The next player in line is Joselu, who recently completed a move to Alaves, leaving Dwight Gayle the most likely backup.
Mohammed Salah is likely to remain as Liverpool’s backup taker to James Milner, but it’s important to note the diminishing minutes of the Englishman will see Salah take more from the spot over the course of the season. His claim will only be strengthened by his crucial Champions League final penalty against Spurs.
Marko Arnautovic has been West Ham’s backup penalty taker for a number of years, but following his transfer to Shanghai, Sebastien Haller is the obvious replacement having scored 23 of his 24 penalties taken in his career. With such a successful conversion rate, he might even pressure Noble.