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Sport Kai Havertz contender to replace Jorginho as Chelsea's penalty taker

18:57  30 october  2020
18:57  30 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard revealed he will talk to his players before deciding who will be the man with the responsibility to take penalties.

The Blues boss could make Timo Werner his new spot-kick taker after the £53million summer signing rifled in his effort from 12 yards in their 4-0 win against Krasnodar in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Werner stepped up in the absence of regular penalty taker Jorginho, who had been substituted, although the midfielder had also missed from the spot with the game goalless.

Jorginho, who deploys a hop-skip technique when standing over the ball, has now missed two penalties in his last four attempts.

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Here, Sportsmail looks at the other contenders who could step up for Chelsea and whether it is time for one of them to take penalty duties off Jorginho.

Timo Werner in a blue uniform on a baseball field: Will Frank Lampard choose Timo Werner (R) to replace Jorginho as Chelsea's penalty taker? © Provided by Daily Mail Will Frank Lampard choose Timo Werner (R) to replace Jorginho as Chelsea's penalty taker?

Jorginho

The Italy international has been trusted with the responsibility of being Chelsea's go-to guy when it comes to penalties since Eden Hazard's departure to Real Madrid.

And he has largely been successful at Stamford Bridge, with just two misses in games coming in recent weeks. Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson saved his effort in the Blues' 2-0 defeat while Jorginho found the woodwork this week.

The midfielder has a conversion rate of 81 per cent after scoring 22 penalties out of 27 and has provided a cool head in a pressure situation. His other miss for Chelsea came in the League Cup final shootout defeat by Manchester City in 2018-19.

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a group of people playing football on a field: Chelsea midfielder Jorginho missed his second spot-kick in four attempts on Wednesday night © Provided by Daily Mail Chelsea midfielder Jorginho missed his second spot-kick in four attempts on Wednesday night

His unusual tactic sometimes relies on goalkeepers making the first move and Jorginho scored two from the spot in their 4-0 win over Crystal Palace at the start of the month, outwitting Vicente Guaita on both occasions.

Striker Tammy Abraham wanted to take the second penalty but captain Cesar Azpilicueta showed faith in the club's penalty taker and gave the ball to Jorginho.

After two misses in his last four attempts, Jorginho may be lacking in confidence from the spot so it could be the ideal time for Lampard to take him out of the spotlight.

But the Chelsea boss defended the midfielder, saying: 'If you take penalties as regularly as he does, and I did, you are going to miss some.'

Timo Werner

Former RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner appears to be the most suitable candidate to step up to the responsibility due to his devastating clinical touch in front of goal. But do the stats back that up?

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After scoring from 12 yards on Wednesday Werner has scored 11 penalties out of a possible 14, giving him a conversion rate just less than Jorginho's at 79 per cent.

The Germany international was RB Leipzig's trusted spot-kick taker and he scored an important penalty against Tottenham en route to the Champions League semi-finals.

Werner is therefore used to the intense situation of taking a penalty and his prolific form in recent seasons shows he knows how to finish.

The 24-year-old could shoulder the responsibility and become Chelsea's long-term man from the spot.

a group of people playing football on a field: Chelsea striker Timo Werner scored from the penalty spot later in the match against Krasnodar © Provided by Daily Mail Chelsea striker Timo Werner scored from the penalty spot later in the match against Krasnodar

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Tammy Abraham

The English striker has had to be patient this season following several attacking summer recruits, playing just two full 90 minutes.

Abraham flourished under Lampard last season as the manager opted for youth and the 23-year-old has been keen to prove his worth this season when he's been given the chance.

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He has fallen behind Werner in the pecking order but scored on his first Premier League start this campaign at West Brom.

a man with a football ball on a field: Tammy Abraham has a 75 per cent conversion rate from the penalty spot, scoring nine from 12 © Provided by Daily Mail Tammy Abraham has a 75 per cent conversion rate from the penalty spot, scoring nine from 12

Abraham showed that he does not shy away from responsibility by wanting to take the second penalty against Palace. He has a 75 per cent conversion rate from the spot, scoring nine from 12.

He missed the crucial spot-kick in Chelsea's shootout defeat by Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup in August last year but he scored the winning penalty in the Championship play-off semi finals for Aston Villa the season before.

Backing your own ability is an important trait but he is very unlikely to be the permanent penalty taker in west London.

Hakim Ziyech

The £37m new arrival from Ajax netted his first goal for Chelsea against Krasnodar after being sidelined through injury.

However out of the possible options available to Lampard he has the worse conversion rate - 67 per cent - from the penalty spot.

He has scored six from nine but was not a regular penalty taker in four seasons at Ajax.

The 27-year-old is a tricky and pacy winger but he won't be near the penalty spot anytime soon.

Lampard has better options to choose from when it comes to selecting a penalty specialist.

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a man holding a baseball bat: Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech was not a regular penalty taker for his previous club Ajax © Provided by Daily Mail Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech was not a regular penalty taker for his previous club Ajax

Kai Havertz

The Chelsea playmaker, who joined for a whopping £89m from Bayer Leverkusen this summer, is still settling in at Stamford Bridge but has shown glimpses of why big money was spent.

The 21-year-old has a 100 per cent record from the spot and so is very much a strong contender to be handed the responsibility by Lampard.

Havertz was trusted with penalty duties at the Bundesliga outfit and scored all seven he was required to take between 2018 and this year.

a group of men playing a game of football: Chelsea's £89million playmaker Kai Havertz has a 100 per cent record from the spot © Provided by Daily Mail Chelsea's £89million playmaker Kai Havertz has a 100 per cent record from the spot

He is a skilful, classy and composed player on the ball and is calmness personified when standing over a dead ball 12 yards from goal.

Havertz is an obvious contender to take over the reins from Jorginho and giving him the responsibility could propel his Chelsea career in an instant.

Mason Mount

Lampard has plenty of faith in the young English midfielder but Mount has only taken penalties in a shootout in the past.

Nevertheless, he still has a solid record scoring three from the four spot-kicks he has taken, a conversion rate of 75 per cent.

He was successful during his loan spell at Derby in a shootout victory over Southampton in the FA Cup and also scored the first penalty in the club's momentous night at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup in the 2018-19 campaign.

The 21-year-old scored in the shootout against Liverpool in the Super Cup but he missed with his most recent opportunity.

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Mount's effort in the Carabao Cup fourth-round defeat by Spurs last month clipped the outside of the post and that proved to be the decider.

Mount is unlikely to be given the sole responsibility for penalties in games but he can be relied upon if needed, which is good news for Chelsea... and England.

a man holding a football ball: Mason Mount has scored three out of four penalties in shootouts for Derby and Chelsea © Provided by Daily Mail Mason Mount has scored three out of four penalties in shootouts for Derby and Chelsea
CHELSEA PENALTY RECORDS
All Comps Penalties Taken Goals (penalties) Scored %
Jorginho 27 22 81%
Timo Werner 14 11 79%
Tammy Abraham 12 9 75%
Hakim Ziyech 9 6 67%
Kai Havertz 7 7 100%
Mason Mount 4 3 75%
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