Téji Savanier converts a penalty against OGC Nice

Téji Savanier, the penalty king!

Téji Savanier, the penalty king!

Publish on 03/22 at 21:00 - E. DEVIN


By converting his 14th consecutive penalty in Ligue 1 Uber Eats against PSG last weekend Téji Savanier (MHSC) consolidated his place as one of the best in the discipline.

Beating Marcin Bulka from the penalty spot has been far from the most certain thing this season in Ligue 1 Uber Eats. The Nice goalkeeper has been indeed the best performer in 2023/24 with 3 saves from 6 attempts.

But a week ago Friday, Téji Savanier did not let down his reputation as an expert by beating the Pole to score what was his fifth conversion of the season. Last weekend, he did the same against Paris Saint-Germain,  drawing level with a certain Kylian Mbappé over the 23/24 season -- each has converted six penalties.

14/14 for Téji!

Unlike the French star, the Montpellie captain rarely misses in his attempts. Better still, Savanier is now on a run of 14 consecutive conversions in Ligue 1 Uber Eats.

This season, there only Benjamin Bourigeaud (Stade Rennais)  seems to be able to compete with efficiency at a level of 100% of penalties converted with 5/5. This is despite a total of 28 players who did not miss in 23/24: including Del Castillo (3/3), Mikautadze, Sotoca, Aubameyang, Kalimuendo and Mohamed (2/2).

And among the players currently playing in the top flight, Téji Savanier (MHSC) has consolidated his place on the podium of the best penalty takers. The Montpellier man is in third with 22 penalties from 25 taken in his career.

In the top ten in the 21st century

And over the entire 21st century, Savanier ranks in the top ten (joint-fifth) with 24. In total, he has scored four with Nîmes (100% conversion) and 20 with MHSC (out of 23 attempted, and 87% success rate). He is also within touching distance of the likes of current Ligue 1 players Alexandre Lacazette -- 28 with OL and Wissam Ben Yedder -- 27 with AS Monaco.

Finally we should remark that a player with 44 career goals in the French top flight owes more than half of these to his success from the penalty spot , representing 54% of his goals. This is a rare achievement among the best in this exercise, even as he remains behind the likes of Fabinho (74%) and Thomas Mangani (73%), two of the leading specialists of the 21st century.

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