By Alex McLeish

4th Feb, 2021 | 5:00pm

McLeish View: Pickford may now be facing extended spell on Everton sidelines

Robin Olsen has given Carlo Ancelotti a “really hard” dilemma over who to start in goal for Everton, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Aston Villa and Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted Jordan Pickford could be facing an extended spell on the sidelines starting this weekend against Manchester United.

With the England international ruled out due to a hip injury picked up in the defeat against Newcastle United, Olsen, 31, stepped in and played a major role in the 2-1 victory at Leeds United on Wednesday night.

It was the Sweden international’s third Premier League experience since joining on loan from Roma last summer.

McLeish believes that the shot-stopper’s performance will have given Carlo Ancelotti food for thought and suggested Pickford may have to settle for a place on the bench this weekend if fit enough to play.

“Olsen had about three or four saves within one flurry of action against Leeds,” McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge. 

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“When I was coaching and in management, I always felt it was a really hard one to change the goalkeeper – what do you do if he plays a good game? You’re hoping the guy who’s replacing him is going to play a good game.

“It’s whether you have some kind of agreement. He has got a dilemma now, Ancelotti, and that was always one of the hard ones when you get a performance level from the guy who’s taking somebody’s place, be it a goalkeeper or outfield player, it doesn’t matter long-term.

“I don’t think Jordan Pickford can complain if Olsen keeps his place for the next game – with that performance, he may continue.”

Olsen has a total of six appearances under his belt for Everton, having featured in the Toffees’ League and FA Cup games.

Ancelotti and his men are set to visit a Manchester United side who demolished Southampton 9-0 in their last game.

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