Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is set to be recalled to the England starting line-up for this evening’s UEFA Nations League clash against Belgium, as per Daily Mail.
Pickford’s club colleague Robin Olsen, who joined the Toffees on loan last week, is also set to feature for his country as Sweden face a Nations League double header as their first-choice netminder – which could set up a duel between the two to be selected by Carlo Ancelotti for Saturday’s Merseyside derby against Liverpool.
The case for Pickford
Pickford is Ancelotti’s current first-choice goalkeeper, having started in every single Premier League game so far this season, as per Transfermarkt.
The 26-year old is arguably more comfortable on the ball than Olsen, as he averaged more accurate passes (18.7) per league game last season compared to the Sweden international’s 15.4 in the Serie A, and also averaged more touches of the ball (40.7) per match to Olsen’s 35.2.
The case for Olsen
However, the England goalkeeper is prone to mistakes, with his most recent blunder coming against Brighton last weekend, where luckily for him it did not prove costly as the Toffees ran out 4-2 winners in the end.
Pickford was not able to hold onto the ball and thus gifted the opportunity for Neal Maupay to tuck home an equaliser for Graham Potter’s team toward the end of the first half, which earned him a lot of stick from Everton supporters.
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This is not the first time that the 26-year-old has made a mistake which has led to a goal in the Premier League either, as he was culpable for four errors leading to goals in the division last term, according to Sofascore.
Olsen is not as error-prone as Pickford, as the 30-year old made zero mistakes leading to goals while playing in Serie A in 2019/20.
International displays may play a part in Pickford/Olsen decision
Pickford faces Belgium at home and Olsen plays Croatia away in the UEFA Nations League today before England are at home to Denmark and Sweden travel to Portugal in midweek.
Both players may be fighting for a starting spot in the derby as the look to impress for their respective national sides.
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