Paul Robinson believes Jordan Pickford’s place is not under threat despite Everton signing Robin Olsen on deadline day.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England goalkeeper claimed the England international was not playing badly but was just making mistakes.
Despite Carlo Ancelotti claiming last month that he had “total confidence” in Pickford, Everton signed Olsen from Roma on a season-long loan on Monday.
🔵 | We have completed the signing of goalkeeper Robin Olsen on a season-long loan from AS Roma.
Welcome, Robin! #EFC
— Everton (@Everton) October 5, 2020
The England international has kept just one clean sheet in the Premier League despite Everton’s 100 percent start to the season.
Asked by Football Insider whether competition will bring the best out of Pickford, Robinson said: “I think he does need a challenger behind him, somebody he knows who is able to take his jersey.
“Robin Olsen is an experienced goalkeeper who has played at international level for Sweden for a long time.
“He had an indifferent time at Roma, he wasn’t at Roma last year he was on loan at Cagliari and played a handful of games for Cagliari.
“He comes with a wealth of experience and stability that can be there if needed.
“I don’t think there’s any call to replace Jordan Pickford at the moment, you look at it he’s not playing badly he’s making mistakes.
“I saw Neville Southall say this on the telly, and he was quite right that time-wise, it’s only two or three minutes in total, he’s not playing badly, he’s just making silly errors.
“He’s making silly mistakes at Everton that are costing him and his confidence but it’s not costing Everton games at the moment, so if he can eradicate that and he can put a run together of five or six games with three or four clean sheets then he can put it all to bed.
“It could still be a good season for him.”