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Every Premier League team’s primary penalty taker for your FPL consideration

By Chris Smith

FPL stats: Every Premier League team's first-choice penalty taker | Fantasy football

Published: 16:50, 12 August 2021

Since making his Manchester United debut in February 2020, Bruno Fernandes has scored 13 penalties in the Premier League, at least four more than any other player during that time.

Now, Fernandes is quite clearly a top-class talent, but due to United’s penchant for winning penalties and his habit of scoring them, he’s often unfairly labelled as a “set-piece merchant” and given the unfair nickname, “Penandes”. Of course, even from 12 yards, you still have to beat the goalkeeper and put the ball in the net.

And when it comes to fantasy football, a confident and regular penalty-taker is arguably one of the most important commodities, guaranteeing you regular points as they stick the ball in the onion bag. FanTeam don’t discriminate between a penalty goal and one scored from open play and should a striker like Harry Kane fire home from the spot, you’ll bag four points for your team. If a defender scores a penalty, you’ll be rewarded with six points.

So, are the Premier League’s very best penalty takers? We’ve ranked each of the current top-flight team’s spot-kickers by penalties scored across the past three seasons to answer that question*.

*For the promoted teams or those with multiple takers during the last three seasons, we have included data from outside the English top-flight where necessary. Conversion rate (%) is used as a tie-breaker.

20. Declan Rice (West Ham)

  • Penalties scored/taken: 1/2
  • Conversion rate: 50%
  • FanTeam price: 5m

With Mark Noble now becoming a squad player, West Ham need a new penalty taker. Fellow midfielder Declan Rice seems like the man to take over, though he missed one of his two efforts last season. Jesse Lingard also took two penalties for the Hammers in 2020/21 but has returned to Manchester United following the expiry of his loan.

19. Richarlison (Everton)

  • Penalties scored/taken: 1/1
  • Conversion rate: 100%
  • FanTeam price: 7m

Richarlison is the most likely candidate to become Everton’s new penalty taker this season season but with very little data to go on, it’s hard to rank him right now. He did, at least, score his one penalty last season, finding the net in an early-season 2-1 away win at Crystal Palace.

18. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United)

  • Penalties scored/taken: 4/5
  • Conversion rate: 80%
  • FanTeam price: 7.5m

Patrick Bamford has missed just one of the five league penalties he’s taken since joining Leeds United in 2018, though the Whites have only taken 15 themselves during that time. Teammate Mateusz Klich has the exact same record as Bamford, with the two sharing duties in recent seasons.

17. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

  • Penalties scored/taken: 4/5
  • Conversion rate: 80%
  • FanTeam price: 11.5m

Manchester City have taken 24 penalties over the past three Premier League seasons but have only scored 14 of them, with Pep Guardiola famously struggling to land on a consistent taker. With Sergio Aguero gone, Kevin De Bruyne is the most obvious candidate given he’s missed just one of his five attempts over the past three seasons. That one miss came in a high-pressure moment, though, as City drew 1-1 with Liverpool in November 2020. Luckily, Guardiola’s side went on to press home their advantage at the top of the table during the second half of the season.

16. Ashley Barnes (Burnley)

  • Penalties scored/taken: 4/4
  • Conversion rate: 100%
  • FanTeam price: 5.5m

Burnley don’t often get the chance to take a penalty, having won just eight of them in the league across the past three seasons (the fewest on this list). But when they do get one, the Clarets should look to Ashley Barnes to take it with the 31-year-old finding the net with each of his four attempts during that time.

15. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

  • Penalties scored/taken: 5/8
  • Conversion rate: 63%
  • FanTeam price: 6.5m

Given his prowess from set-piece situations, you might expect James Ward-Prowse to be a reliable figure from the spot but that hasn’t really been the case. The England international has hit the net with just five of his eight penalties over the past three seasons, giving him a conversion rate of just 63%. Last season was an improvement, though, with Ward-Prowse netting three of his four efforts.

14. Callum Wilson (Newcastle United)

  • Penalties scored/taken: 5/6
  • Conversion rate: 83%
  • FanTeam price: 7.5m

Callum Wilson has netted five of the six penalties he’s taken across the last three seasons, but considering he had a 100% strike rate with the four he took for Newcastle in 2020/21, you can expect him to fly up this ranking as the new campaign progresses.

13. Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa)

  • Penalties scored/taken: 5/5
  • Conversion rate: 100%
  • FanTeam price: 6m

Like Burnley and West Ham, Aston Villa don’t win many penalties (just nine during the time period for this list) which is astonishing given just how good Jack Grealish is at drawing fouls. Perhaps it’s something to do with claret and blue? Either way, Anwar El Ghazi has taken five of those nine and is yet to miss.

12. Raul Jimenez (Wolves)

  • Penalties scored/taken: 6/6
  • Conversion rate: 100%
  • FanTeam price: 7m

Getting Raul Jimenez back could be just the tonic Wolves need to push them back up the table after parting ways with popular manager Nuno Espirito Santo. Let’s hope the Mexican can continue his run of six out of six penalties across the past three seasons to help put that terrible head injury behind him.

11. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City)

  • Penalties scored/taken: 7/10
  • Conversion rate: 70%
  • FanTeam price: 6m

Teemu Pukki has been a wonderful source of goals for Norwich over the past few years but from the spot, he’s not as reliable as you might think, missing three of his 10 penalties for the Canaries over the past three league seasons. That said, seven of those attempts came in the Championship last season, with Pukki scoring five, so he heads into the new campaign with plenty of practice.

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10. Neal Maupay (Brighton)

  • Penalties scored/taken: 7/9
  • Conversion rate: 78%
  • FanTeam price: 6m

Neal Maupay gets into some great positions and, given the amount of chances Brighton create, should score a lot more than he does. But from the spot, he’s not too bad, scoring seven of his nine spot-kicks since the start of 2018/19. Pascal Groß is another decent option for the Seagulls if Graham Potter decides to drop Maupay, having scored three of his four Premier League penalties last season.

9. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)

  • Penalties scored/taken: 8/9
  • Conversion rate: 89%
  • FanTeam price: 9.5m

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has often been the crutch Arsenal have leaned upon over the past few years, including from the penalty spot. The Gabonese striker has scored eight of his nine attempts since the start of 2018/19. That one miss was a painful one, though, coming in a 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur. Had Aubameyang scored, Arsenal would have beaten their fierce rivals but instead, Harry Kane netted a 74th-minute spot-kick of his own to level the match.

8. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

  • Penalties scored/taken: 10/10
  • Conversion rate: 100%
  • FanTeam price: 12m

Sure, Harry Kane needed a rebound to find the net in the Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark but the sheer shock that he even missed the initial effort at all is testament to just how lethal he is from 12 yards.

Over the past three seasons, Kane has taken 10 penalties in the Premier League, finding the net with every single one. An astonishing strike rate, but hardly surprising given he’s arguably the cleanest striker of a ball on the planet right now. If Spurs could just win more penalties in the first place, you can be sure Kane would shoot up this list.

7. Jorginho (Chelsea)

  • Penalties scored/taken: 11/13
  • Conversion rate: 85%
  • FanTeam price: 5.5m

Jorginho’s hop, skip and jump failed to fool Jordan Pickford in the Euro 2020 final shootout (though Italy obviously went on to win 3-2) but it has been good for 11 penalty goals in the Premier League over the past three seasons. That said, he did miss against both Liverpool and Arsenal in the Premier League last season, while he was famously denied by Ederson during the 2018/19 EFL Cup final defeat to Man City.

6. Troy Deeney (Watford)

  • Penalties scored/taken: 12/13
  • Conversion rate: 92%
  • FanTeam price: 5.5m

Troy Deeney remains a talismanic figure for Watford and that’s in no small part down to his reliability from the penalty spot, missing just one of his 13 efforts over the past three seasons. That miss came in a goalless draw with Tottenham during the 2019/20 season and had he scored, Watford would have gained the extra two points they needed to stay up. But given the number of variables in a 38-game season and considering that result came in January, you’d be incredibly harsh to pin the blame on Deeney.

5. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

  • Penalties scored/taken: 12/12
  • Conversion rate: 100%
  • FanTeam price: 12.5m

Even Kane cannot compete with the sheer composure of Mohamed Salah, who has scored all 12 of his Premier League penalties over the past three seasons. No player with a 100% success rate has taken more spot-kicks. In fact, you have to go all the way back to October 2017 for Salah’s one and only penalty miss in the league since joining Liverpool, a match the Reds still managed to win 3-0 against Huddersfield Town. One miss from 14 attempts across four seasons is absolutely remarkable and all the more reason to be wary of Liverpool around your own 18-yard box.

4. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace)

  • Penalties scored/taken: 13/15
  • Conversion rate: 87%
  • FanTeam price: 5.5m

Of the 16 Premier League goals Luka Milivojevic has scored over the past three seasons, 13 of them have been penalties, though he has missed a couple of efforts during that time. But like Jorginho, his sub-90% conversion is symptomatic of the volume of spot-kicks he takes. Milivojecvic has long been a favourite of fantasy football players due to his penalty prowess.

3. Ivan Toney (Brentford)

  • Penalties scored/taken: 13/14
  • Conversion rate: 93%
  • FanTeam price: 6m

Ivan Toney is yet to take a penalty in the Premier League, so we’ll have to wait and see how he copes with that sort of pressure. But outside the top flight, he’s not been too shabby at all, netting 13 of his 14 taken over the past three years. Of course, that barely scratches the surface of Toney’s abilities, with the former Newcastle man netting a total of 71 league goals during that period.

2. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)

  • Penalties scored/taken: 13/14
  • Conversion rate: 93%
  • FanTeam price: 12m

So, we’ve finally arrived at Fernandes, who ranks above Toney solely due to the fact he’s actually taken his penalties in the top flight. As mentioned before, Fernandes is far more than a simple penalty specialist but when he does take one, it’s more than likely to find the net. His only miss in the Premier League so far wasn’t even costly, coming in a 4-1 win over Newcastle United last season. Time and again during his short spell with Man Utd, the Portugal international has been put to the test, passing with flying colours with incredible regularity.

1. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

  • Penalties scored/taken: 16/19
  • Conversion rate: 84%
  • FanTeam price: £9.5

There are players with better conversion rates who have only taken a few penalties less than Jamie Vardy but if you want someone who gets plenty of chances from the spot with a good level of reliability to boost your points, he’s your man. Only Manchester United (37) have taken more penalties than Leicester City (26) across the last three seasons, so it’s not like Vardy doesn’t get any practice. Sixteen penalty goals from 19 attempts over a three-season period isn’t a record to turn your nose up at and one that could give you the edge over other FanTeam players.

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