Vorm on the spot for Swans

Goalkeeper says there's 'nothing smart' about his penalty saves

Michael Vorm: Swansea keeper estimates he saves 'about 60 per cent' of spot-kicks

Swansea goalkeeper Michael Vorm is aiming to become the king of spot-kick saves after making quite an impression since his arrival from Utrecht.

The shot-stopper's remarkable penalty saving abilities have earned him the nickname 'The Penalty Killer' and is arguably the club's signing of the season.

Vorm took over the No.1 role at the Liberty Stadium following his £1.5million move from the Dutch club and has already kept seven clean sheets this season - a record matched only by Manchester United in the Premier League.

The 28-year-old pulled off a wonder-save last weekend when, with three minutes remaining and Swansea 1-0 up against Fulham, Clint Dempsey could not beat him from the penalty spot.

And Vorm believes the eyes give it away, allowing him enough time to pounce.

He told the Daily Mail: "The eyes tell a lot. When I think I know I go across with all my life. If it is a good penalty, right in the corner like the ones Scott Sinclair takes, then you cannot stop it. If not, you have a chance.


"Yakubu beat me at Blackburn - he waits a long time before looking and that makes it hard. I have a method and it is good but there is nothing smart about it. It's obvious."

And when asked where he got his nickname from, he said: "I don't know where this Penalty Killer name came from. No-one at Utrecht called me it.

"I think it was maybe in the newspapers and then it got on Google.

"Now when I save a penalty it comes up. It will be an embarrassing name if people start scoring every time."

Vorm estimates he saved 'about 60 per cent' of the penalties he faced in his first three seasons as a pro and Swans defender Ashley Williams is full of admiration for him.

He said: "He is the best keeper I've played with. Put it this way, in training whoever has him on their team that day is likely to win. There's a lot more to the guy than penalties."

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