If a club has difficulty scoring through open play , usually a free kick is one way to score against the opponent’s goal. However, this is not an easy thing to do. The reason is, only players with qualified qualities can complete this task properly and measurably.
In the Premier League competition this season, there are a number of soccer players who are known to be very reliable in taking free kicks. Both direct free kicks and non-direct free kicks , this line of players is able to execute equally well.
Here are the five best free-kick takers in the highest caste of the English Premier League today. Do you have a hero?
1. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
James Ward-Prowse is arguably the best free-kick taker in the Premier League at the moment. The reason, the 26-year-old player almost always creates goals through free kicks at a distance of 20 to 30 meters.
Last season he scored four goals through free kicks. Besides being trusted to take free kicks, Ward-Prowse is also Southampton’s mainstay in executing corner kicks.
2. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)
Marcos Alonso had a pretty bad period under coach Frank Lampard. However, all that changed when he was handled by Thomas Tuchel. The Spaniard continues to be trusted as a starter in the left wing-back position.
In addition, Alonso is also known to have great technique in executing free kicks. This was proven by the player when he scored against Crystal Palace in the Premier League’s opener this season.
3. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Liverpool of course should be grateful for being blessed with two capable and quality full-backs in Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson. Especially Alexander-Arnold, the player is not only solid in defense, but he is also very productive in terms of scoring goals and assists.
In addition, Alexander-Arnold is also very talented in taking free kicks. Even many pundits who likened his free kick to the style of David Beckham.
4. James Maddison (Leicester City)
James Maddison is one of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League competition. This 24-year-old player is known to have extraordinary technique in executing free kicks. The proof, he managed to break into Liverpool’s goal last season through a brilliant free kick.
In fact, in the 2018/2019 season, Maddison was able to score 3 goals through free kicks. With such promising talent, it is not surprising that the player is always relied on by Leicester City every time they get a set piece opportunity.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
Cristiano Ronaldo is often considered the best player in the world. This is of course not a coincidence. There was effort and hard work that made CR7 able to be at the top level to this day.
This Portuguese player is also known as a very deadly free kick executor. With his previous clubs, the 36-year-old player has always scored goals from free kicks. In fact, while defending Manchester United in the first period, he was able to score 4 free kick goals in the 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 seasons respectively.
Those are the five best free-kick takers in the Premier League competition today. Can they add to their tally of goals from set pieces this season?