Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live via the Liverpool Echo, Premier League legend Ian Wright has had his say over Everton keeper Jordan Pickford’s response to the media after his mistake at home to Crystal Palace last Saturday, going on say that the whole situation is a ‘worry‘.
Wright, who scored 128 top flight goals in 212 league starts for Arsenal during the 1990s (SoccerBase), spoke candidly over Pickford’s response to the media that they are simply ‘hating‘ him for being an England player (The Independent). The former Sunderland ‘keeper, who allowed Christian Benteke’s shot to slip underneath him for Palace’s equaliser at the weekend before the Toffees eventually secured a 3-1 victory, lashed back at pundit Gary Neville in particular for criticising his form so far this season. This, along with the ongoing debate over whether Sheffield United keeper Dean Henderson should be given the England number one spot instead, appears to have prompted the response from Pickford.
However, according to the ex-Gunners striker, Pickford’s attitude was entirely wrong and he should instead be coming out to suggest he will improve and learn as a young shot-stopper.
“Who’s speaking to him?” Wright asked on BBC Radio 5 Live via the Echo. “The way he has come out and said that, it just seems as though he’s deflecting rather than actually listening to what people are saying. “How hard is he working in training in respects of his goalkeeping? How come he didn’t try to save that [Benteke goal] with his feet? It is a worry [his comment] It’s a worry!
“He seems to be angry and being very defensive and having a go back rather than trying to embrace the fact that ‘I’m still learning. That I am at a big club that’s going places. That’s I am still making mistakes and learning. I’m still England’s number one and going to get better’.”
Is Jordan Pickford good enough for Everton?
The 56-year-old pundit could have a good point in regards to Pickford’s general handling of the situation, but will the ‘keeper take that on board? He really needs to with Henderson breathing down his neck in the battle to be England’s number one.
The Manchester United loanee has really impressed this term, keeping nine clean sheets in the Premier League. That is three more than Pickford, while he has also made more high claims (15 to 11).
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