I’m interested to know fellow Toffees' views on our penalty taker next season. With the introduction of VAR, new handball rules and the scrapping of replays in FA Cup matches, converting penalties is going to be an even more crucial part of the game.
The reason I ask is that I don’t think Sigurdsson, despite his dead-ball expertise, is a natural penalty taker. I wouldn’t trust Richarlison either after his effort in the League Cup last season. Calvert-Lewin doesn’t appear to have that clinical finish or composure to take them either.
I am assuming that Baines, the obvious candidate, will not feature much next season so, for me, it has to be Digne, or Gomes (if he signs) as they appear to have the "cleanest" strikes. I'm not one for the Lukaku type roll-em-in-the-corner penalties, I like to see the ball struck with venom so that the goalie has little chance even if he does dive the right way.
I'd certainly consider Pickford as well in a shootout but not during the course of a match where a miss would leave us susceptible to a counter-attack.
Of course, the taker has to want to take the actual penalty!
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1 Posted 13/06/2019 at 07:29:46
2 Posted 13/06/2019 at 10:49:16
3 Posted 13/06/2019 at 20:18:37
4 Posted 13/06/2019 at 20:25:08
6 Posted 13/06/2019 at 20:35:47
Sigurdsson has now missed too many. No more for him.
Other than that, whoever is the best in training other than Sigurdsson and Pickford should take the penalties.
7 Posted 13/06/2019 at 20:40:48
8 Posted 13/06/2019 at 20:47:35
Digne would get my vote, just because he seems to have the cool-headed demeanor for it. Admittedly, I have no idea if he has any sort of track record when it comes to penalties.
Also I agree with Ray - I hate the cutesy run-ups and cheeky antics. Just step up and smash it - if the keeper makes a great save, he makes a great save.
9 Posted 13/06/2019 at 21:39:44
I would hope that in pre-season the squad as a whole get together and make a decision on who is first-choice and back-up.
I have to admit I do prefer a penalty like the one Pickford took as opposed to a penalty placed along the ground.
10 Posted 13/06/2019 at 22:45:18
I'm sure though, that he, like everyone else, practices taking penalties in training. Judging by the free kicks he's scored, as well as goals scored in open play, he does hit a decent shot, and I would like to see him take the next penalty awarded, hopefully in a pre season friendly, which won't count for anything should be miss.
By the way, he scored his only penalty against Llorient, in the 31st minute, with the score already 3-0 for Lille, who went on to win 5-0. So there was no real pressure on Digne when taking his penalty.
11 Posted 13/06/2019 at 23:00:07
12 Posted 13/06/2019 at 23:40:55
Digne looks comfortable striking a dead ball I'd like to see him on them.
DCL might be an option too, boost his numbers. That said, the reason I think full backs do well is because they don't over think it, a lot of good strikers struggle with the burden.
13 Posted 13/06/2019 at 23:51:37
14 Posted 14/06/2019 at 01:30:03
15 Posted 14/06/2019 at 04:00:41
16 Posted 15/06/2019 at 09:17:44
17 Posted 16/06/2019 at 08:56:37
18 Posted 16/06/2019 at 20:19:27
Gomes may be able to strike a ball, but he can't convert even simple opportunities in open play, and the idea of trusting his fragile confidence in a highly pressured situation strikes me as pretty outlandish.
As Rob points out, Digne has taken only one in a professional game but has hit thousands of them in practice. If Silva is truly curious, we might see him take one in preseason.
For me DCL is the next man up because he's a striker and needs the goals.
But for sheer excitement I've gotta go with Pickford. I still remember the thrill of watching Chilavert take not only pens but direct free kicks for Paraguay, and watching him sprint back down the pitch if the ball stayed in play. I would be totally up for that with Picks! Come on, Silva, gamble a little, it's fun!
19 Posted 16/06/2019 at 20:48:21
Tommy Lawrence, for the rs, could. We called him the Flying Pig.
20 Posted 16/06/2019 at 21:09:41
21 Posted 16/06/2019 at 22:14:02
22 Posted 16/06/2019 at 22:25:29
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