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Phil Costa

The Great Debate: Which player would save your life with a penalty?


With Harry Kane giving us a recent masterclass in penalty taking, it’s Great Debate time.

(Edit: of course he missed against Kosovo 🤦🏻‍♂️)

Which player – past or present – would you rely on to score a penalty with your life on the line?


Lewis Ambrose

It’s Eden Hazard all day long.

Short, sharp run up. Wait for the goalkeeper to move. Nonchalantly put it where he can’t reach it. The Belgian never blinks first.


Dan Burke

Yaya Touré, without a shadow of a doubt.

I never even saw him come close to missing a penalty during his time at Manchester City.

He’d just stroll up and stroke it into the corner like it was the easiest thing in the world.


Phil Costa

Throwing it back to Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier.

Was a magician with the ball, scored some absolute worldies and even better – netted 48 of his 49 penalties.

You’ll find his only miss above. Talk about rarity.


Alex Mott

There’s only one correct answer to this question, and that is Kevin Pressman.

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper and taker of the single greatest penalty of all-time.

Watch this kids, you might learn something.


Pádraig Whelan

His record of scoring 15 out of the 16 in the Premier League for West Ham is impressive enough, but nobody struck them as emphatically as Julian Dicks.

Absolutely hammered indeed!


Matt Frohlich

There’s only one answer for me here, it has to be Harry Kane.

Is there a hint of bias to this answer? Probably. But do the stats back my choice up? Absolutely.

19 of his 22 Premier League penalties have hit the back of the net, 7 out of 8 competitive spot kicks for England have too.