Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has a “horrible” decision to make over his goalkeepers, according to Alex McLeish.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland manager delivered his verdict after Jordan Pickford was dropped against Newcastle United on Sunday.
Robin Olsen, who joined the Toffees on a season-long loan from Roma on deadline day, was selected in his place.
The Swedish international let in two goals as Everton lost 2-1, their second consecutive Premier League defeat.
Ancelotti said after the game that Pickford was just being rested and would start their next game against Manchester United next weekend.
“I’ve done it before as well and it’s so hard, especially when you’ve got two terrific goalkeepers,” McLeish told Football Insider.
“When you say to one goalkeeper: ‘Look, I have to be fair to the other goalkeeper and give him a chance because you made a mistake that I wouldn’t normally associate you with, a fundamental mistake’, and then you bring the other goalie in and he makes a fundamental mistake, what do you do?
“When you start changing all the time, you get the fans – ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’ – and I was very aware of that and I thought: ‘Right, do I keep him and give him another chance?’ because the first goalie, he said: ‘So you give him two chances but you give me one?’ Argh, it’s horrible.
“It must be a tough decision for Ancelotti as well. Experienced manager though he is, you’ve still got a human touch about these things.”
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