Everton boss

Paul Robinson has blasted Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti’s surprise decision to drop goalkeeper Jordan Pickford against Newcastle United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England international said that the decision shows the manager’s “real lack of trust” in the 26-year-old.

Pickford was replaced by summer signing Robin Olsen for the trip to St. James Park, the Toffees losing 2-1 in an uncharacteristic performance.

The team news came as a shock on Sunday with Pickford having started all 120 of Everton’s Premier League fixtures since his £25million move from Sunderland in 2017.

However, after the loss Ancelotti revealed that the England number one would be reinstated between the sticks for Sunday’s game against Manchester United.

When asked by Football Insider for his verdict on Ancelotti’s decision to drop Pickford, Robinson said: “I do not like that, as a goalkeeper.

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“I do not see what that achieves.

“Yes, he has taken him out of the firing line but he has then doubled the firing line for the next game.

‘There is going to be so much scrutiny on him against Manchester United. People are going to expect him to respond.

“It shows a real lack of trust and confidence in Jordan Pickford by taking him out for one game. It shows that he is obviously has questions and doubts over Pickford.

“It raises more questions than answers in my opinion. It creates even more of a stigma around the position. A position that has already been questioned.”  

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