FPL Set Piece Takers
We look in depth at who takes set-pieces at various Premier League clubs this season.
The list is consistently updated and sourced from various channels, including previous matches and interviews.
Penalty takers make a key indicator in picking FPL players. This can be especially crucial in deciding between two players of the same price in the same position. Statistically, it should be a no-brainer to pick the player who takes spot kicks for his team.
- A total of 471 penalties have been awarded in the Premier League over the last 5 seasons
- Conversion rate is between 70% to 80% every season
- Manchester United have been awarded 26 penalties over the last 2 seasons; the most (19 converted)
- Newcastle United have been awarded 4 in the same period, the least (2 converted)
Another interesting point to note is that there will be many occasions which the penalty taker would be changed to a player already on two goals in a game (this favours high scoring forwards).
Also note that for some clubs, it would be guess work as they have new signings who had been established penalty takers elsewhere but had not taken one for his new team. They are indicated by (*).
Players who have taken a spot kick for their clubs this season are indicated in BLUE.
|Aston Villa||El Ghazi, Grealish, Wesley|
|Burnley||Barnes, Wood, Rodriguez|
|Crystal Palace||Milivojevic, Ayew, Zaha|
|Leeds United||Klich, Bamford|
|Manchester City||De Bruyne, Aguero, Gündogan, Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling|
|Manchester United||Fernandes, Rashford|
|Newcastle United||Ritchie, Almirón|
|Sheffield United||Norwood, McGoldrick, Sharp|
|Tottenham Hotspur||Kane, Son|
|West Bromwich Albion||Austin, Robson-Kanu, Zohore|
|West Ham United||Noble, Antonio|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||Raúl Jiménez, Ruben Neves|
Corners / Indirect Free-kicks
Naturally there will be a lot of names in this section as teams rotate their takers depending on which side the set-piece is from. They also train several routines in training so this table is more historically indicative then forward looking.
Statistically, this section does not provide much more meaning. It is perhaps more worthwhile to look at players whom have high number of assists season on season (KDB, TAA, etc)
|Club||Corners & Indirect Free Kicks|
|Arsenal||Pepe, Willian, Saka,|
|Aston Villa||Hourihane, Grealish, McGinn, Targett, El Ghazi, Trezeguet|
|Brighton and Hove Albion||Groß, Lallana, March, Trossard|
|Burnley||Westwood, McNeil, Gudmundsson, Brady|
|Chelsea||Mount, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, James, Emerson, Pulisic|
|Crystal Palace||Milivojevic, Van Aanholt, Eze, McCarthy, Townsend|
|Everton||Rodriguez, Digne, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Walcott|
|Fulham||Bryan, Knockaert, Cavaleiro, Cairney, Johansen, Kebano|
|Leeds United||Phillips, Douglas, Hernández, Harrison|
|Leicester City||Maddison, Tielemans, Albrighton, Gray|
|Liverpool||Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Henderson, Milner,|
|Manchester City||De Bruyne, Mahrez, Gündogan, Bernardo Silva, Foden|
|Manchester United||Bruno Fernandes, Mata, Rashford, Shaw|
|Newcastle United||Ritchie, Shelvey, Longstaff, Atsu|
|Sheffield United||Norwood, Fleck, Freeman, Osborn, Lundstram|
|Tottenham Hotspur||Son, Lo Celso, Lamela, Winks, Lucas Moura, NDombele|
|West Bromwich Albion||Phillips, Matheus Pereira, Grosicki|
|West Ham United||Snodgrass, Bowen, Noble, Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Cresswell, Fornals|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||Moutinho, Ruben Neves, Pedro Neto, Podence|
Let this stat sink in – a total of 49 direct free kicks have been scored in the Premier League over the last 760 games. That is around 2 every 3 gameweeks.
Among the active players, Mata holds the most goals direct from free kicks (8), follow by Sigurdsson (7). Over the last two seasons, Alexander-Arnold holds the record with just 3.
We recommend not to be too fixated on this statistics – direct free kick goals are not regular occurrences in Premier League and the top 3 active direct free kick takers are probably Alexander-Arnold, Mahrez and Ward-Prowse, knowing which is unlikely to change your choice of players.
Pereira scored a beauty of a freekick on GW02.
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