Jorginho missed from the penalty spot once again for Chelsea last night in their Champions League win over Krasnodar.
Despite long being the club’s first choice penalty taker – and an expert one at that with his clever hopping technique before striking the ball, it looks like it might be worth a change from manager Frank Lampard.
It’s not easy to predict what happens from here, so whilst we wouldn’t necessarily bet on a change of penalty taker for Chelsea, here’s a look at some possible options for Lampard to mull over…
Perhaps the obvious choice, Timo Werner was on penalty duty for RB Leipzig last campaign and had the opportunity to take one yesterday evening after Jorginho was substituted. He made no mistake.
Unlike Jorginho, who tends to keep his eyes on the goalkeeper before rolling it either side, Werner puts his foot through it, hoping that the ball is past the keeper before he has an opportunity to react.
A lethal striker like Werner being accurate from the spot is no surprise. You certainly wouldn’t be wise to bet against him if he was stepping up – far better to try Evoplay slots for real money.
Ziyech started his first game for Chelsea against Krasnodar yesterday evening, scoring his first goal for the club. He’s a reliable finisher in front of goal, so ought to be in the conversation regarding spot-kick duty.
As shown by data provided by Transfermarkt, Ziyech has scored 13 penalties in his professional career, 11 of which have been for his country. The Moroccan national team have put their faith in the winger plenty of times from 12-yards, and he hasn’t let them down.
Should Lampard do the same?
This one might raise a few eyebrows, but not among the Chelsea faithful. Cesar Azpilicueta has stepped up in penalty shootouts for Chelsea on multiple occasions, with the end result usually being a perfectly despatched finish.
The defender’s record is marred by his penalty miss in the Europa League semi-final shootout against Frankfurt, but if you go back and watch it, he placed it almost as far in the bottom corner as he could. It was only a super stop from Kevin Trapp that denied him.
While Azpilicueta may soon be phased out for Reece James to come in and occupy the starting spot at right-back, when he is on the field and Chelsea are awarded a penalty, he is a legitimately good option. He has a proven track-record – so why not?