After Everton midfielder Ross Barkley relinquished regular penalty-taker Leighton Baines of his duties, ultimately missing the spot-kick in the process, manager Roberto Martinez revealed the England international was in his right to demand the penalty, reports Sky
Leighton Baines has scored 15 of his 16 penalties taken, but was previously snubbed this season by teammate Kevin Mirallas, who missed from 12 yards, and the incident has repeated itself with Ross Barkley. The Toffees’ academy starlet, missed a penalty in the 10th minute against Burnley this weekend, but it ultimately didn’t cost the Merseysiders, as Mirallas scored inside of 30 minutes to give Everton the lead.
They held off Burnley in the remainder of the game to record an important win in their resurgence up the Premier League table, and manager Roberto Martinez was keen to clear up the penalty row once more. He says only striker Romelu Lukaku is the designated spot-kick taker in the starting eleven, but when the Belgian isn’t in the side, there are many others players who could well take one.
He said Gareth Barry and Ross Barkley are allowed to take the spot-kicks if they feel confident, and has no problems with the players deciding among themselves on the pitch.
“Romelu is the penalty taker. After that there are three or four players who can take the penalties. There is no such thing as a best penalty taker. I don’t agree with penalty takers being designated apart from Romelu being on the pitch. We have Leighton Baines who is a specialist, Gareth Barry who has an incredible record – it depends on how you feel at that moment. Ross showed incredible responsibility and Leighton Baines was happy to given him that responsibility.”
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