Kevin Phillips has sent a firm warning to Jordan Pickford after the arrival of Robin Olsen to Everton on transfer deadline day.
The former Premier League Golden Boot winner gave his thoughts to Football Insider about how the arrival of the Sweden international may impact the 26-year-old, who up to now has been a firm first choice at Goodison Park. He said:
“I think it’s almost a bit of a kick up the backside for Pickford.
“I would say it’s just a reminder that ‘listen, you’ve had some criticism this season and you’ve cost us some goals if it continues we’ve got Sweden’s number one here who’ll step in and take your place.’
“I’ve always backed Jordan Pickford. I still like the kid, I think he’s got a great attitude.
“Yes, he’s made some mistakes and they’ve been well highlighted. He needs to be more consistent because a few mistakes have crept in and if it continues he’ll find himself out the side.
“Who knows then you could be on the side lines for ages.
“At the moment, I just see it as a bit of a wake-up call for Jordan that the mistakes need to stop.”
Pickford making too many mistakes
Indeed, Pickford has made his fair share of mistakes during his time in goals for the Goodison Park club. His most recent error came against Brighton in the Premier League last week, where luckily for him it did not prove costly as the Merseysiders ran out 4-2 winners in the end.
The England international 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.
This is not the first time that Pickford has been guilty of a goal-causing mistake, either, as he was culpable for four errors that led to goals in England’s top flight last season, according to Sofascore.
Is Olsen more reliable than Pickford?
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.
Should Pickford be sold by Everton?
However, Pickford is arguably more comfortable on the ball than Olsen, as he averaged a higher number of accurate passes (18.7) per game in the Premier League last term compared to the Swede’s 15.4 in Italy’s top flight, and also averaged more touches of the ball (40.7) per match to Olsen’s 35.2. Pickford has also averaged two saves a game in the Premier League so far in this season.
As Phillips suggests, perhaps Pickford should keep his place for now, but the goalkeeper should know that Olsen is ready and waiting to step in if he keeps making errors.
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