'Embarrassed' - Exclusive: Whelan rips into 'Horrendous' Everton player
Noel Whelan has claimed Jordan Pickford will be “embarrassed” with his “horrendous” goalkeeping as Everton drew against Manchester United on Sunday.
The former Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, described the mistake from the 25-year-old that led to United’s equaliser as a “schoolboy error”.
Pickford failed to deal with what appeared to be a routine stop when Bruno Fernandes shot from the edge of the area but he allowed the ball to dip underneath him and into the net.
The goal cancelled out Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s opener after David De Gea cleared the ball onto the boot of the on-rushing striker.
When asked for his assessment of Jordan Pickford’s form this season, Whelan told Football Insider: “There have been a lot of mistakes and he knows he should be saving them. It is one he will look back on and he will be pretty embarrassed about.
“He is England’s number one goalkeeper. We have seen a mistake from Spain’s number one as well. Both goalkeepers, international players, horrendous, schoolboy errors.
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“It is a great striker for Fernandes but you have got to be saving that and he was running off like he scored a wonder-goal. Most of the goalkeepers in the league would have saved that shot but for some reason, it has gone under his body. He is better than that but he is making too many mistakes.
“I think it was a game Everton could have gone on and won as well.”
The England number one has only managed to keep six clean sheets in 28 Premier League appearances so far this term, conceding 42 goals.
The 1-1 draw leaves the Toffees 11th with stern tests against Chelsea and Liverpool up next.