EFL Championship Set Piece Takers

The second tier of English football is widely regarded as one of the toughest divisions to play in due to the fiercely competitive nature of the battle for promotion spots.

As domestic leagues across Europe mostly resume in the month of August, I thought it would be an opportune moment to talk about the EFL championship set piece takers who will be held responsible for dead ball delivery in the upcoming campaign.

It took a lot of research and many hours watching match footage in order to compile this information, so hopefully you find it very useful.

On a totally separate note, if you haven’t already, take a look at our updated set piece list for the Premier League.

Now with all that said, let’s get down to business…

 

EFL Championship competition set piece takers list

ClubPenalties (Main)Penalties (Alternate)Free Kicks (Main)Free Kicks (Alternate 1)Free Kicks (Alternate 2)Corners (Main)Corners (Alternate 1)Corners (Alternate 2)
BournemouthJunior StanislasTBCJunior StanislasDavid BrooksArnaut DanjumaJunior StanislasDavid BrooksArnaut Danjuma
BarnsleyCauley WoodrowTBCCallum StylesCauley WoodrowMarcel RitzmaierCallum StylesCauley WoodrowMarcel Ritzmaier
Birmingham CityJérémie BelaLukas JutkiewiczIván SánchezAdam Clayton-Iván SánchezRiley McGree-
Blackburn RoversBen BreretonTBCTBC--Joe Rothwell--
BlackpoolJerry YatesTBCTBC--TBC--
Bristol CityNahki WellsTBCAlex ScottMatty James-Alex ScottMatty James-
Cardiff CityKieffer MooreJoe RallsJoe RallsLee TomlinJosh MurphyJosh MurphyJoe Ralls-
Coventry CityMatt GoddenTyler WalkerTBCMartyn Waghorn-TBC--
Derby CountyGraeme ShinnieTBCTom LawrenceJason KnightNathan ByrneTom LawrenceNathan ByrneJason Knight
FulhamAleksandar MitrovićIvan CavaleiroHarry WilsonTom CairneyJoe BryanHarry WilsonTom CairneyJoe Bryan
Huddersfield TownFraizer CampbellJuninho BacunaJosh KoromaJuninho BacunaDuane HolmesTBCDuane Holmes-
Hull CityJosh MagennisMallik WilksMallik WilksCallum Elder-Mallik WilksCallum Elder-
Luton TownElijah AdebayoJames CollinsJames BreeHarry CornickHenry LansburyJames BreeHarry CornickHenry Lansbury
MiddlesbroughUche IkpeazuDuncan WatmoreTBCPaddy McNair-TBC--
MilwallJed WallaceTBCJed WallaceScott Malone-Jed WallaceScott MaloneConnor Mahoney
Nottingham ForestLewis GrabbanLyle TaylorTBCAnthony Knockaert-TBCAnthony Knockaert-
Peterborough UnitedJonson Clarke-HarrisTBCJoe WardJonson Clarke-Harris-Joe Ward--
Preston North EndDaniel JohnsonScott SinclairRyan Ledson--Ryan Ledson--
Queens Park RangersLyndon DykesCharlie AustinIlias Chair--Ilias Chair--
ReadingLucas JoãoMichael OliseJohn SwiftMichael Olise-Michael OliseJohn Swift-
Sheffield UnitedBilly SharpSander BergeOliver NorwoodJohn Fleck-Oliver NorwoodJohn Fleck-
Stoke CitySteven FletcherSam VokesTBCJordan Thompson-Jordan ThompsonSam Clucas-
Swansea CityJamal LoweMatt GrimesHourihaneMatt GrimesYan DhandaHourihaneMatt Grimes-
West Bromwich AlbionCallum RobinsonTBCGrady DianganaMatt PhillipsTBCGrady DianganaMatt PhillipsTBC

 

Set piece takers from the EFL Championship’s newly promoted teams

As always, attention is drawn to the newcomers.

I’ve drawn up a brief outline of what these guys have to offer:

 

Hull City

Last season’s League one winners will be looking towards talisman Josh Magennis to hit the back of the net from the penalty spot.

The 30 year old Northern Ireland man scored 3 from 3 attempts in the past campaign and Hull’s backup option in Mallik Wilks also registered a 100% record from spot kicks.

When it comes to free kicks and corners, duties are expected to be shared between Wilks and left back Callum Elder.

 

Blackpool

The Tangerines had a dramatic playoff final victory against Lincoln City that saw them claim the final promotion spot.

Not much can be said of them when it comes to set pieces at this moment in time however, as Elliot Embleton – who was responsible for free kicks and corners – returned to Sunderland after his loan spell with Blackpool ended on May 31st 2021.

Although Jerry Yates can be expected to take the penalties for Blackpool as he successfully converted all his 6 attempts last season.

 

Peterborough United

The League One runners up will look to Jonson Clarke-Harris for penalties and some free kicks, with Joe Ward stepping in to take most of the corners and some free kicks as well.

 

Set piece takers from the Premier League’s relegated teams

What’s quite different in this article is the fact that there are teams who fell from the division above.

So, here’s a brief look at the sides who played Premier League football in the last campaign.

 

Sheffield United

Billy Sharp is still going strong for Sheffield United and when he’s on the pitch, penalty duties should be in his capable hands.

Free kicks and corners are expected to be shared by experienced professionals Oliver Norwood and John Fleck, who are likely to retain their spots in the starting squad for this coming season.

 

West Bromwich Albion

Although there have been transfer rumours linking Matheus Pereira with a move away from the club, he’s still expected to take penalties, free kicks and corners if he remains at The Hawthorns.

Matt Phillips and Grady Diangana should be able to step in for free kicks and corners when the Brazilian forward is absent, with Callum Robinson a likely candidate for penalties as well.

 

Fulham

The London-based side will be looking to bounce right back up into the Premier League this season, and they’re already showing signs that they mean serious business.

Having signed Harry Wilson from Liverpool for a fee of 12 million pounds, Fulham go into this campaign with a deadly free kick specialist amongst their playing roster.

Tom Cairney missed a lot of games in the Premier League campaign through injury but I expect him to take some free kicks and corners next season, with Joe Bryan also filling in here from time to time.

Penalties may be shared between Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ivan Cavaleiro based on last season’s evidence, as the other takers in Josh Maja and Ademola Lookman have moved back to Girondins de Bordeaux and RB Leipzig respectively.

 

Which team scored the most set piece goals in the 2020-21 EFL Championship season?

Cardiff recorded the most goals of off free kick and corner situations in the Championship last season with a massive haul of 26, followed by Reading and Barnsley who both managed 17 goals each.

I’d expect Fulham to be positioned quite high on this list in the 2021 campaign as new signing Harry Wilson could score and provide a fair amount of contributions from dead balls.

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