Everton Exclusive: Whelan delivers verdict on Jordan Pickford
Noel Whelan has backed Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to bounce back from his howler against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United striker suggested that the 25-year-old does need to tighten certain aspects of his game, but that he should still retain his place in Carlo Ancelotti’s starting XI.
The England number one allowed a relatively straightforward Christian Benteke effort to slip under his body against the Eagles, denying him a clean sheet and giving the opposition a consolation goal in the 3-1 Toffees win.
But Whelan believes that the stopper has enough in his locker to overcome the error.
“I think he’ll be fine,” he told Football Insider.
“Look, Jordan will be the first one to hold his hands up, and you can see the look on his face and the disappointment at the way the goal went in.
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“That should be the goalkeeper’s all day long.
“Goalkeepers, unfortunately, are going to make mistakes, a bit like strikers missing chances, because it’s key at both ends of the field, they’re looked on with a magnifying glass. Every mistake is costly, every chance missed in front of goal is costly.
“I don’t think he’ll lose his place, but it goes to show, they’re human.
“Goalkeepers make mistakes, it’s just the way it. Fortunately for him at the weekend Everton managed to win the game, otherwise it would probably be looked upon a lot more than what it is.
“He needs to get better at certain things and tidy up certain parts of his game.”
Pickford has been an ever-present for Everton this season, playing every minute of all 31 of their matches across all competitions.
In that time he has kept eight clean sheets and conceded 43 goals.
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