By Michael Brown

3rd Mar, 2020 | 12:28pm

Exclusive: 'Unbelievable' Everton player told by pundit to get brain in gear

Michael Brown has called on Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to get his brain in gear after some shaky displays this season.

The former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, states the England international has done “unbelievable” for club and country but frets over his mental state.

The 25-year-old has come under heavy fire at times this campaign, most recently for letting Bruno Fernandes’ shot slip under him in the 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon.

With a number of previous errors under his belt this term, Brown says Pickford has got to find a way to get back to his best.

Asked about the goalkeeper’s recent form, Brown told Football Insider: “The situation with goalkeepers, you’re on your own, almost. He’s got to carry on with his football, he made a mistake.

“That happens, you lose a bit of form, you lose a bit of confidence and you’ve got to find that. How can you do that, how can you get your brain ready?

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“He’ll set mega standards, he’s done unbelievable since he’s gone to Everton and the international setup – you make mistakes but it’s how you recover from them.” 

Pickford has played 119 times for Everton since joining from Sunderland, the shot-stopper leaving the Black Cats after their relegation to the Championship.

This season has seen him make 33 appearances across all competitions, with eight clean sheets under his belt.

In other Everton news, Noel Whelan has torn into a “horrendous” Toffees star who will be “embarrassed” after the draw with Manchester United.