By Danny Mills

8th Feb, 2021 | 1:10pm

Mills: Pickford is looking over his shoulder at Everton

Danny Mills has heaped praise on Everton goalkeeper Robin Olsen for his recent performances.

The former England and Manchester City defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the barely-seen Swede’s displays between the sticks are a positive for Everton’s first-choice keeper Jordan Pickford.

England’s number one has missed the Toffees’ last two Premier League games with a rib injury meaning Olsen has stepped up.

He made six saves against Leeds United last Wednesday and his performance was lauded as Everton ran out 2-1 winners at Elland Road.

However, the 31-year-old had a less successful game against Manchester United at the weekend as a late Dominic Calvert-Lewin equaliser rescued a point for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

Olsen made just two saves at Old Trafford and conceded three goals while his distribution with his feet left a lot to be desired.

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In Pickford‘s last Premier League game he completed a staggering 80 per cent (16 of 20) long passes, while Olsen completed just half (8 of 16) of his long passes against Man United, as per FBref.

Asked for his assessment of Olsen’s recent displays, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I think he’s a very good goalkeeper and a very able deputy.

“Of course, Jordan Pickford is still an excellent goalkeeper, great with his feet and England’s number one.

“It’s been good for Jordan Pickford, good for Carlo Ancelotti and Everton that they now know if Jordan Pickford isn’t doing it for whatever reason then there is a reasonable replacement ready to step in.

“That keeps everybody on their toes and that’s also very important.”

Olsen has now played four Premier League games this season and has kept just one clean sheet.

He has conceded six goals in that time and been on the winning side twice.

In other news, Alan Hutton cannot believe what Carlo Ancelotti has said about Joshua King.