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Ian Wright says Jordan Pickford has to forget about Sunderland and focus on being a goalkeeper

4 months ago
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Ian Wright has pointed to weaknesses in Jordan Pickford’s game.

The Everton goalkeeper has let in a massive 100 Premier League goals these past 19 months.

This season only three of the top 15 in the table have conceded more than Pickford/Everton.

Whilst in 2017/18, only five of the 20 Premier League clubs conceded more than Jordan Pickford, who has played every PL match since joining from Sunderland in summer 2017. In fact, even West Brom who finished rock bottom last season conceded fewer goals.

Ian Wright points out that Pickford has a big weakness in that he frequently ‘parries the ball back into the danger area’, as opposed to top players who manage to get the ball out of harm’s way.

The latest example of course was on Saturday, when the Everton keeper tamely blocked Miguel Almiron’s 30 yard shot straight to Ayoze Perez,giving the Newcastle striker a simple tap-in.

The goalkeeper had an error-laden game and Ian Wright identifies the immaturity of the 25 year old on top of his goalkeeping weaknesses: ‘He got too wrapped up in the emotion of Sunderland versus Newcastle with the home crowd.’

The BBC pundit points out also how the England keeper was very very lucky not to be red carded when rugby tackling Salomon Rondon.

Then even after carrying the luck he still hadn’t learnt his lesson, as when Rondon put an effort just past the post in the second-half with the score still at 2-0, Pickford’s brain was still elsewhere: ‘Jordan Pickford was gesturing to the Newcastle fans behind the goal but he should have been focusing on the game.’

If Jordan Pickford is indeed the best England have to offer, he had better grow up quickly and cut out his embarrassing behaviour.

Ian Wright talking on the BBC:

“Jordan Pickford had an erratic game.

“He got too wrapped up in the emotion of Sunderland versus Newcastle with the home crowd.

“How he didn’t get sent off for the foul on Salomon Rondon is terrible!

“It was a deliberate attempt to take the man out and there is absolutely no double jeopardy there.

Jordan Pickford was gesturing to the Newcastle fans behind the goal but he should have been focusing on the game.

“He parries the ball back into the danger area far too often and it led to Newcastle’s equaliser.”

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