Darren Bent has blasted the decision by Carlo Ancelotti to leave out Robin Olsen of the Everton team that lost to Manchester United in the Premier League.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Spurs, Aston Villa and Sunderland striker was clearly baffled by the call from the Italian boss, as the Merseyside club ended up losing the game 3-1 at Goodison Park:
“Maybe it was a bit of a warning shot.
“For me, when you do that and you come out pretty early and say that, if the other goalkeeper had come in and been sensational and played really well, I don’t see how you take him straight out.
“Maybe just don’t say anything and see how he plays out.
“He was back in there today, he has been making mistakes, you can’t deny that fact.
“He doesn’t want to let it happen again because next time he might be out for a little bit longer so he needs to get his head back down again and play as well as we know he can do.
“We’ve seen the signs before Jordan Pickford is a top goalkeeper, he needs to get back to that consistency. And then, hopefully, we can see the very best of him.”
Strange decision to drop Olsen
Indeed, it was perhaps a strange decision by Ancelotti to drop Olsen for Pickford given his exploits in the 2-1 loss to Newcastle United at St. James’ Park in the top flight.
Should Olsen start for Everton?
Despite the defeat, the Sweden international made two saves and his expected goals differential of +0.4 suggests that he had an above-average day in terms of stopping shots (Fbref).
Olsen also made zero errors that led to goals while playing for AS Roma in the Serie A in the 2019/20 term, suggesting that he is reliable between the posts.
Pickford is error-prone
In contrast to the 30-year-old, Pickford is quite error-prone. The 26 year-old made no fewer than four mistakes that led directly to goals in the last season in England’s highest division (Sofascore).
Perhaps it is now time to take him out of the firing line for a while, and thus give Olsen an extended run in the team.
If he can impress on international duty during the break, then he may well give Ancelotti something to really think about when both players come back to the training ground.
Nonetheless, the Toffees need a change of fortune after three straight defeats in the league.
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