Premier League Set Piece Takers

With new football seasons across Europe’s top 5 domestic leagues about to get underway, I thought it would be good to cast an eye towards the specialists who will be responsible for dead ball attacking output throughout the campaign.

Penalty practice sessions and football mannequins will have been utilised to the point of exhaustion during pre season, so it’s going to be very exciting to find out which teams will benefit the most from these aspects of training.

Using information such as events gathered from matches played last season, statistics, pre-season games as well as current and expected roles at teams, I’ve put together a well researched list of players who take free kicks, corners and penalties for the teams competing in the world’s most watched football league.

Here it is…


Premier League 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)
Manchester UnitedCristiano RonaldoBruno FernandesCristiano RonaldoBruno FernandesChristian EriksenLuke ShawBruno FernandesChristian Eriksen
Manchester CityRiyad MahrezKevin De BruyneKevin De BruyneRiyad MahrezBernardo SilvaKevin De BruynePhil FodenRiyad Mahrez
Leeds UnitedPatrick BamfordMateusz KlichAdam ForshawTBCTBCStuart DallasJack HarrisonTBC
BrentfordIvan ToneyJosh Da SilvaBryan MbuemoSaman GhoddosSergi CanosMathias JensenBryan MbuemoVitaly Janelt
Brighton Pascal GroßAlexis Mac AllisterAlexis Mac Allister Jakub ModerLeandro TrossardAlexis Mac AliisterPascal GroßSolly March
BournemouthDominic SolankeJunior StanislasPhillip BillingJunior StanislasRyan ChristieJaidon AnthonyRyan ChristieJunior Stanislas
FulhamAleksandar MitrovićHarry WilsonHarry Wilson Andreas PerieiraNeeskens KebanoHarry WilsonHarrison ReedAndreas Pereira
Aston VillaDanny IngsPhillipe CoutinhoPhillipe CoutinhoDouglas LuizLeon BaileyLucas DigneDouglas LuizPhillipe Coutinho
Tottenham HotspurHarry KaneSon Heung-minHarry KaneSon Heung-minEric DierSon Heung-minDejan KulusevskiTBC
Leicester CityJamie VardyYouri TielemansJames MaddisonKiernan Dewsbury-HallYouri TielemansJames MaddisonMarc AlbrightonKiernan Dewsbury-Hall
Nottingham ForestBrennan JohnsonTBCBrennan JohnsonCafúTBCBrennan JohnsonCafúJack Colback
Crystal PalaceWilfried ZahaLuka MilivojevićLuka MilivojevićMichael OliseEberechi EzeEberechi EzeMichael OliseLuka Milivojević
ChelseaJorginhoMason MountReece JamesMason MountMarcos AlonsoMason MountReece JamesBen Chilwell
Wolverhampton WanderersRaúl JiménezRuben NevesRuben NevesJoão MoutinhoPedro NetoJoão MoutinhoPedro NetoRayan Aït-Nouri
Newcastle UnitedCallum WilsonChris WoodKieran TrippierFabian SchärJonjo ShelveyKieran TrippierRyan FraserMatt Targett
EvertonDominic Calvert LewinAndros TownsendAnthony GordonDemarai GrayAndros TownsendAnthony GordonDemarai GrayAndros Townsend
West Ham UnitedManuel LanziniMichail AntonioAaron CresswellSaid BenrahmaJarrod BowenPablo FornalsJarrod BowenAaron Cresswell
LiverpoolJames MilnerMohamed SalahTrent Alexander ArnoldFabinhoJordan HendersonTrent Alexander ArnoldAndrew RobertsonJames Milner
SouthamptonJames Ward ProwseAdam ArmstrongJames Ward ProwseAdam ArmstrongNathan RedmondWard ProwseStuart ArmstrongTBC
ArsenalBukayo SakaGabriel MartinelliMartin ØdegaardBukayo SakaGranit XhakaBukayo SakaMartin ØdegaardGabriel Martinelli


Set piece takers from the Premier League’s newly promoted teams

From the table above I’m sure you can see three new team additions.

This is because last seasons bottom three teams were relegated to the league below – the EFL Championship.

Coming in their place were the three promoted teams from the aforementioned league, who I’ll now talk a bit about in turn…



Bournemouth are back in England’s top division after managing to finish 2nd in the EFL Championship last season (i.e. 2021/2022).

There are quite a couple of new faces in the side, as it’s only the likes of players such as Junior Stanislas, Phillip Billing, Jefferson Lerma and Dominic Solanke that people are likely to remember from the team that got relegated when they were in the Premier League last time.

Solanke has emerged as the talisman for the club and he’ll be expected to lead the line well this campaign.

He will take up primary spot kick duty, with Junior Stanislas deputising for him in case of any unavailability.


Nottingham Forest

Here we have the wildcard team.

Nobody really knows what Nottingham Forest are going to be able to produce in the Premier League, because they haven’t been in the division for several seasons.

Their top striker Lewis Grabban left the club, which leaves Brennan Johnson as their main penalty taker.

But they’ve made a strong addition in the goalkeeping department, nabbing Manchester United’s Dean Henderson on loan for the campaign.



London club Fulham are also back in the Premier League this season.

A lot of fans see them as a welcome addition back into England’s top division, as their Craven Cottage stadium ground is a sight to behold and offers a fantastic match day experience for travelling fans.

Anyway, Aleksandar Mitrović will be looking to hit the ground running with goals this year, because he’s generally struggled to find the back of the net in the Premier League.

The Serbian forward netted an all-time Championship record 43 goals last season, so he’ll want to pick up right where he left off if Fulham are to have any chance of survival this term.

Harry Wilson and Andreas Pereira should be good for the bulk of the set pieces, and with their quality at free kick and corner delivery, Fulham should be one of the sides who score quite a few from dead ball situations.


Which team scored the most set piece goals in the 2021-22 Premier League season?

I’m fairly sure that a lot of you reading this article will be curious to know which team registered the most set piece goals in the last season.

Well, the eventual champions Manchester City topped the charts here with 21 set piece goals, followed closely behind by Liverpool who had 19 to their name.

And then Chelsea led the rest of the distant chasing pack with 11 goals here.

And when it came to penalties, Chelsea converted the most with 8 goals; a tally that Manchester City and Liverpool came close to match as they notched 7 goals from the spot respectively.



If you’ve enjoyed this post on the Premier League’s dedicated set piece specialists, then you might also be interested in our article on the 31 year olds currently playing in the Premier League or our comprehensive breakdown of the American soccer players present in the English Premier League!

And with the world’s biggest football tournament fast approaching, we also developed a set piece takers list for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Be sure to check that one out!

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