‘He’s had three bad minutes in six months – if that’: Everton great Neville Southall backs under-fire England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to rediscover his best form
- Jordan Pickford made another error in Everton’s victory against Brighton
- Goalkeeper is still backed by club legend Neville Southall after recent criticism
- Boss Carlo Ancelotti didn’t publicly condemn Pickford but said they would talk
- Everton have now completed the signing of Roma keeper Robin Olsen on loan
Under-fire Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has been backed to rediscover his best form by their legendary stopper Neville Southall.
Southall reckons England No 1 Pickford has had just ‘three bad minutes in six months’ and will soon start performing to his full potential for the early Premier League leaders.
The England international was hit by criticism for his two mistakes against Fleetwood in the Carabao Cup earlier this season and was back in the spotlight with yet another error in Saturday’s 4-2 Premier League win over Brighton.
Jordan Pickford was slammed by BT Sport pundits for a mistake in Everton’s win over Brighton
After this one, Pickford has made 11 mistakes leading to goals in the Premier League since 2017
Pickford’s latest setback saw him drop an easy catch into the path of Brighton’s Neal Maupay, who tapped home in the first half to level the scores at 1-1 in Saturday’s match.
It means he has now made 11 mistakes leading to goals in the Premier League since 2017 – more than any other goalkeeper during that period.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti had said a new keeper was not a priority last week but he moved to snap-up Roma’s Robin Olsen on loan before Monday’s transfer deadline.
Pickford’s latest error sparked criticism from pundits Chris Sutton and Robbie Savage, the latter telling BT Sport the 26-year-old should be dropped as England’s first choice.
But former Wales keeper Southall has leapt to the defence of Pickford, telling Sky: ‘I think he’s had probably three bad minutes in six months – if that.
‘His mistakes aren’t killing us, I think that’s a good thing, and I think once he finds his form, we’ll be flying.’
Everton legend Neville Southall expects keeper Jordan Pickford to soon rediscover his form
Southall, who made more than 700 appearances for the Merseyside club in a glittering 17-year career, added: ‘There’ll be a time when we have that little bump in the road and maybe we’ll have to rely on him.
‘Maybe people will have to change their opinions.
‘But I do think, if Mr Ancelotti wants to play you, you must be half-decent. If his job was on the line, there’d be a taxi outside Goodison tomorrow.’
Ancelotti refused to publicly condemn Pickford after the errors against Brighton.
Everton snapped up Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen on loan before the transfer deadline
But the Italian did hint there would be a conversation between them when Pickford returns from the international break.
‘If I have to say something to him when he comes back, I am going to talk to him,’ Ancelotti said after Saturday’s win.’
Everton were also linked with moves for Manchester United’s Sergio Romero and Tottenham’s Paulo Gazzaniga during the transfer window,
But by sealing the signing of 30-year-old Olsen, who has been capped 38 times by Sweden and spent last season on loan at Cagliari, Ancelotti has some experienced competition for Pickford.
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