By Darren Bent

29th Sep, 2020 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: Bent slams Everton player after Ancelotti comments

Darren Bent has slammed Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and has called on him to focus on the basics rather than the spectacular.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England striker believes Pickford may have lost his confidence in recent weeks.

The 26-year-old has started all of the Toffees’ Premier League games but came under criticism for his performance in the Carabao Cup last week.

The England international was directly at fault for both of Fleetwood’s goals in Everton’s 5-2 victory.

Pickford has now conceded five goals in his last three games and has only kept one clean sheet this campaign.

Asked by Football Insider what has gone wrong for the former Sunderland goalkeeper, Bent said: “It’s a difficult one for a goalkeeper.

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“When I look at the mistakes against Fleetwood, the first one is maybe a little bit of overconfidence where he’s tried to let it go across his body and the second one is right at him and he kind of flaps it in.

“For a goalkeeper, confidence is a massive thing and when your confidence is broken in goal it’s very hard to recover.

“We know he can do a spectacular save but it’s about him doing the basics right as well. At the minute, he’s maybe struggling to put it all together.”

Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti said after the game against Fleetwood that he had faith in Pickford and his back-up goalkeepers were putting the right pressure on him.

Pickford has not missed a Premier League game for Everton since signing from Sunderland in the summer of 2017.

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