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Garth Crooks questions if Jordan Pickford should be England keeper after Newcastle disaster

2 weeks ago
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Interesting from Garth Crooks after reviewing Saturday’s match at St James Park.

The BBC pundit focusing in particular on Jordan Pickford.

The Everton and England goalkeeper celebrating turning 25 on Thursday, with an embarrassing display against Newcastle.

The keeper was abysmal in his actual play, whilst also displaying astonishing immaturity for somebody who thinks of himself as the best in the country.

Garth Crooks asking the question: ‘The big talking point will be, is Jordan Pickford still England’s number one?’

Despite making mistake after mistake, Pickford continued to show more interest in trying to wind the Newcastle fans up, rather than waking up and addressing the errors that he had been lucky to get away with.

It all eventually caught up with him, as the Everton keeper’s unprofessional behaviour was a key factor in helping to turn the game in Newcastle’s favour.

Garth Crooks was generous in only pointing out three of the many blunders…’He [Jordan Pickford] has made three big errors today. One that cost a penalty, which Newcastle missed. Another one where he and Ki nearly clash that nearly causes them a goal. And this particular error here [Newcastle making it 2-2 after Pickford parried Almiron’s shot straight to Perez].’

When you look at the overall Jordan Pickford stats, it doesn’t make good reading.

Since jumping ship after Sunderland’s relegation [to the Championship], Pickford has conceded a massive 100 Premier League goals.

In his first season [2017/18] he leaked 58 goals, only five clubs conceded more and only one of the bottom six, West Brom finished rock bottom and let in fewer goals than Pickford and Everton.

This season a very similar story, 42 goals conceded in 30 games, only three of the top 15 PL clubs have let in more.

Despite battling relegation both seasons, Newcastle have let in 15 goals less since the 2017/18 season kicked off.

I struggle to think of many Premier League goalkeepers who are as bad as Jordan Pickford and certainly the likes of Dubravka at Newcastle, Etheridge at Cardiff and Ryan at Brighton are far better. Never mind those that people would automatically expect to be better playing at the top clubs, such as Ederson, Kepa, De Gea, Lloris and Alisson.

Garth Crooks speaking to the BBC:

“The best keepers take a sting out of that ball by dropping it in front of them…

“Almiron hits it well but he [Jordan Pickford] puts it back into the danger area [for Perez to score the equaliser].

“He [Jordan Pickford] has made three big errors today.

“One that cost a penalty, which Newcastle missed.

“Another one where he and Ki nearly clash that nearly causes them a goal.

“And this particular error here [Newcastle making it 2-2].

“I think there will be a big analysis about Jordan’s performance.

“The big talking point will be, is Jordan Pickford still England’s number one?”

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