Darren Bent has given his view on Jordan Pickford after Everton decided to bring in Robin Olsen on loan from AS Roma on Transfer Deadline Day.
The former Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Sunderland striker gave his thoughts to Football Insider about what Olsen’s arrival means for the England international goalkeeper:
“I think, unfortunately for Jordan Pickford, Ancelotti has had to bring in a new goalkeeper.
“It’s a difficult one for him because we know Jordan Pickford is a good goalkeeper, but these mistakes keep happening and it’s costing them goals.
“I know they managed to overcome it at the weekend, and they managed to get the win but that won’t always be the case.
“Unfortunately he’s started to think ‘what do I do here? do I continue with Jordan Pickford? Or do I get someone to push him.
“Maybe that’s all it is, maybe Jordan just needs somebody to give him a little push and maybe we’ll see the best out of him. At the minute it is a little bit of a concern.”
Pickford making too many errors
Indeed, Pickford has made his fair share of errors during his time in between the sticks for the Goodison Park faithful.
His most recent one came against Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League, where luckily for him it did not prove costly as the Merseyside club ran out 4-2 winners in the end.
The 26-year old was not able to hold onto the ball and thus gifted the opportunity for Neal Maupay to tuck home an equaliser for the Seagulls toward the end of the first half, which earned him a lot of stick from several EFC supporters.
This is not the first time that Pickford has made an error that has lead to a goal in England’s highest division either, as he was culpable for four mistakes that led to goals in the top flight in the 2019/20 term, as per Sofascore.
Should Pickford be sold by Everton?
Is Olsen a safer pair of hands?
Olsen is quite simply not as error-prone as Pickford, as the 30-year old made zero errors leading to goals while playing in Serie A in the last season.
However, Pickford is arguably more comfortable on the ball than Olsen, as he averaged more accurate passes (18.7) per match in the EPL in the last campaign compared to the Sweden international’s 15.4 in Italy’s top flight, and also averaged more touches of the ball (40.7) per game to Olsen’s 35.2.
Pickford has also averaged two saves a match in the Premier League so far this term.
Pickford needs a ‘push’
As Bent suggests, Pickford perhaps needs a ‘push’ from Olsen to cut out all of the mistakes in his game and retain his spot as the Toffees’ number one.
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