Exclusive: Danny Mills claims 'fabulous' Everton player needs to change his 'attitude'
Danny Mills warned Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford about being too hyped up after the 3-1 loss to Manchester City.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Manchester City and England full-back revealed that while he thinks Pickford is a fabulous shot-stopper, the Toffees keeper needs to start changing his attitude.
Pickford nearly gifted Manchester City a fourth goal on Saturday after he came charging out of his box before the end of the match and arguably may have felt he could have done more to stop Riyad Mahrez scoring from a direct free-kick.
Mills explained that he has always thought that Pickford needs to be more careful and highlighted that he thinks a goalkeeper needs to be the calmest player on the pitch as one mistake can be catastrophic.
The retired full-back also added that he thought Pickford had enough experience in order to know that being too hyped up can lead to mistakes being made.
“I’ve always said that Jordan Pickford needs to be careful, he’s a fabulous goalkeeper, a great talent but he has to make sure he stays calm at times, make sure he doesn’t get too emotional or involved in things,” Mills told Football Insider.
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“As a goalkeeper, you need a very calm head, you almost have to remove all emotion from the game and be the calmest, most-relaxed, person on the pitch as one mistake as a goalkeeper is catastrophic.
“He gets a little bit too hyped, over-hyped, too pumped up and that leads to mistakes, he is now experienced, England’s No.1 goalkeeper, so he has got to start changing that attitude.”
Pickford has played every minute of the Toffees’ Premier League campaign so far this season and in the process has registered three clean sheets as well as conceded 12 goals in his outings.
The 25-year-old has been at Goodison Park since July 2017 after joining from Sunderland and is closing in on his 100th appearance for the club.