Silva doesn't think Pickford was distracted by hostile Newcastle crowd

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Marco Silva is refusing to blame Jordan Pickford's mixed performance at Newcastle on the crowd but admits that his Everton side learned a lesson in the painful 3-2 reverse on Saturday.

The Blues were leading 2-0 at half-time through goals by Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison after Pickford had atoned for his foul on Salomon Rondon by saving Matt Ritchie's penalty but ended up throwing the points away through another error from the goalkeeper, shambolic defending, and a galling lapse from the match officials in allowing an offside goal to stand.

Pickford has been the topic of much discussion in the aftermath, with some suggesting that too much of his focus was on the home crowd but Silva dismissed the suggestion in comments to the Liverpool Echo.

“Jordan is an expressive player,” the Portuguese said. “Two seasons ago he made a big step in his career coming to us and, then, playing at the level he played for the national team in the World Cup and he is able to cope with all atmospheres in all stadiums around the world.

“I'm not thinking that the good and not so good things he did in the game were because of the crowd.

“It is really difficult for us and me as a coach when we prepare everything so well and I can see what our players did for 60 minutes only to give it away so easily.

“It is a lesson for all of our players, starting with Jordan, because we have to have enough experience to take the right decisions at this level and we have had a lack of that in some moments during the season and again, on Saturday, it was really difficult for us. It is not just about Jordan, it is about the whole team.

“When something wrong happened for us in the game everything changed so fast. We have to realise why and found out why this has happened to us so many times this season.

“Even when they score to make it 2-1, we had to keep doing what we had planned, what is our way and what we have the capacity to do.”

 

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John Keating
1 Posted 11/03/2019 at 07:01:42
I take it when he says 'the whole team' he means playing and non-playing staff?

Lots of things and mistakes have repeated themselves this season; problem is the manager unfortunately hasn't learned from them.

Maybe we should keep Silva as manager, let him plan strategy and keep him off the training pitch in an office at Finch Farm.

Get rid of all his hangers-on coaches, who few of us even know their names, including home grown ones and employ top class coaches who can actually coach!

Starting with goalkeeping.

Jim Bennings
2 Posted 11/03/2019 at 07:57:51
Well let me start by telling you what is distracting me.

4 wins in 17 matches. 4 victories since November 24th.

If, as I expect, we don't beat Chelsea, West Ham or Arsenal (our next three matches in order) then that's 4 wins in 20.

I say I don't expect to win any of them because we have barely beaten a team of much standing all season. Our wins since the end of October are Brighton, Cardiff, Burnley, Bournemouth, Huddersfield and Cardiff again.

I can't see how this team can inflict hurt on better teams up the table right now.

So, Marco, that stat of 4 wins in 20 games is a distraction on the near horizon I can't ignore — and I don't know how anyone can ignore our woeful results since November.

Paul Swan
3 Posted 11/03/2019 at 08:01:06
Fragile tactics, limited manager with no ability to change things when he gets found out. Poor substitution and sat back to defend a lead with a defence and goalkeeper incapable of doing so. Same issues week after week not being addressed on or off the field.

Why do we seem to have 3-4 players almost every week having zero positive influence on a game? You got it wrong, Silva – again!

Ken Kneale
4 Posted 11/03/2019 at 08:04:55
Paul - you must be in generous mood this morning to say it is only 3-4 players
Phillip Warrington
5 Posted 11/03/2019 at 08:10:31
I understand and believe Silva has not done enough or shown enough to keep his job, but then I think every manager we have had since Moyes, when they first came to the club, had good track records including Silva before coming to England.

In our current form and position, we are not going to attract the top managers so who does a team like Everton attract? I rack my brain on that one and can't really think of anybody really – may be Mikel Arteta as a long-shot.

Brian Murray
6 Posted 11/03/2019 at 08:12:48
If our owner can put his ego to one side and admit to himself at least that he's made yet another bad call pursuing Silva (no doubt Bill was nodding his head or maybe even urging him), all is not lost because obviously Brands will make the decision, no doubt very soon, when Silva realises the job is too much for him.

If the likes of Simone are beyond us then at least get another Silva type level who actually knows how to defend and maybe even change a game. Straw clutching as usual.

Neil Lawson
7 Posted 11/03/2019 at 08:37:51
If he's not thinking that the good and bad things were because of the crowd, then presumably he's thinking it was because he was shit. I have always wanted to like Pickford but I have never been convinced by him.

Dropping that cross for the penalty was utter schoolboy stuff. It won't do him, or the team, any harm to be dropped. They can't get any worse (can they?) and the overpaid underperformers need a kick up the arse.

Silva knows his future is very much on the line. Perhaps we will learn even more about him from his decisions over the next few weeks. Like many, I struggle to see where any points will come from unless there is radical change.

Trevor Peers
8 Posted 11/03/2019 at 08:44:44
Anyone hoping to see Pickford rested for a few games are in for a shock, according to Silva: Jordan was just expressing himself with his antics at Newcastle – a statement that beggars belief.

No public dressing down or words of warning... it all points to a lack of discipline that runs deep through the club under Silva for which he has no answers. That's got to be very worrying.

Martin Berry
9 Posted 11/03/2019 at 08:54:19
I don't think Mr Moshiri will be distracted when he sacks him at the end of the season. I would love for him to be a success but it's becoming Groundhog Day every match day.

He had little form or success at previous clubs and he is following his previous trends, which beggars the question: Why did we employ him in the first place???

Kim Vivian
10 Posted 11/03/2019 at 09:04:11
Not being funny, but why the sudden vilifying of Pickford? He's not the England goalkeeper without good reason, and sure he has fucked up a bit but Jeez, who hasn't? Especially GKs.

But if you want to give a young guy a confidence wobble what better way than to set the Everton pitchfork brigade on him? Barkley, Lukaku, Schneiderlin, Calvert-Lewin, Coleman, Jagielka – I could go on – there is always one singled out.

He surely needs a bit of mentoring, steerage, guidance, counselling – call it what you will, but he will be well aware of his various faux pas. Credit to Silva on this occasion for stepping up for him. Whether or not he plays him next game/s remains to be seen but, fuck me, I wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of this mob.

James Marshall
11 Posted 11/03/2019 at 09:15:50
Since November, we've beaten Cardiff, Brighton, Burnley and Huddersfield. Anyone see a theme emerging in those fixtures? Yep, they're all teams rooted near the bottom of the league.

You can point your finger at Pickford if you like, but he really isn't the problem in our team – the problem in our team is exactly that, the team. It isn't any one player in my view. We lack direction, and purpose, don't score enough and concede too many – the latter being the real root of our problems.

Look at the top 2, Man City & Liverpool, yeah they both score loads, but they also have the 2 meanest defences in the league which is a telling stat and one which underpins all good football teams. If you can't defend, you'll get murdered, and we can't defend. Silva's team can't defend.

Until he learns how to coach them as a defensive unit, we're going to continue to struggle.

It might also be an idea to buy a fucking striker as well. Just sayin'.

Trevor Peers
12 Posted 11/03/2019 at 09:17:56
Kim, did you see Pickford coming off the pitch at Newcastle? He was gurning and shouting at the crowd a bit like Norman Wisdom.

Surely Silva can't condone behaviour like that? He needs to be told to get a grip – that's the manager's job after all to maintain discipline.

It's not as if Pickford had a great game – he was out of control and we paid the price with another defeat.

Jerome Shields
13 Posted 11/03/2019 at 09:20:47
Looks to me as if Silva is defending his coaching methods and tactics and pulling up short of completely blaming the players, by defending them. Double-speak in communication terms.

Silva is right to focus on the coaching methods and tactics because that is where the problem lies. Pickford seems not to be coached properly or be tactically informed.

Pickford comes across during the match as being arrogant. I have always thought that arrogance was the manifestation of ignorance. In this, case it seems correct.

Pickford may look arrogant, but I have read on another thread he looked like a teenager lacking in confidence, which actually could be closer to the truth.
Kim Vivian
14 Posted 11/03/2019 at 09:27:19
I'm quite sure, Trevor, that Silva (and others) will have made it perfectly clear to Pickford that he needs to reign it in. He has not done himself any favours, I agree, but I think we will be seeing a different Pickford in the weeks to come.

Brent Stephens
15 Posted 11/03/2019 at 09:30:47
Kim #10 "why the sudden vilifying of Pickford?"

Kim, I suspect most fans can accept mistakes made by one of our players who just gets on with doing his job, putting his body on the line, without any bravado or sense of self-importance. Mistakes made by a player who seems to have less humility invite more criticism.

Examples of the former range from, for example, Sandy Brown in the 60s (limited talent, errors not unusual but a big heart, busting a lung to get a crunch tackle in, willing to play in every position (literally?) – but without an ounce of self-importance) to today's Jonjoe Kenny (ditto all – had a far worse game than Pickford at Newcastle but who gets no flack here, quite rightly).

Stan Schofield
16 Posted 11/03/2019 at 09:37:32
No manager should criticise a player in public, because no good ever comes of that. They should criticise them behind closed doors, and either say nothing or defend them in public. That's the professional way, and is better for morale.

Silva seems generally to have that type of professional style, whereas the likes of Koeman and Allardyce lacked it.

Chances are Pickford is getting a bollocking in private if his attitude is wrong. But I don't expect to see any bollockings in public, and nor should we.

Ken Kneale
17 Posted 11/03/2019 at 09:40:51
Kim. The antics of Pickford went a long way toward the crowd really driving on the home team. He should be heavily sanctioned by his manager and coaches – not excused in dismissive public fashion as Silva has done.

Neither will feature in our list of great club servants but, in a microcosm, exemplify what is wrong currently.

Andy Meighan
19 Posted 11/03/2019 at 09:45:13
Kim Vivian,

The 'vilifying' of the 'keeper isn't sudden — he's been shit all season. From that idiotic mistake at Anfield in injury time, to being rooted to his line for nearly every game, he's a liability!

And he's England's keeper because mystifyingly Southgate has kept faith in him... Why, I'll never know, because there's at least two or three keepers well better than him.

Pickford's problem at Everton is he's got no-one pushing him and, reading between the lines, Silva isn't going to drop him any time soon.

It would do no harm to give the kid Virginia a go because, let's face it, we're not going down or getting a European spot. But I've no doubt he won't.

All that moron Pickford was interested in on Saturday was getting involved with them numbskull Geordies. Well he looked great at the end of the game, didn't he?

The lad is full of his own worth but, in my opinion, he is just a very ordinary keeper. And to think some on here used to give Howard grief... This clown isn't good enough to lace his boots!!

Karen Mason
20 Posted 11/03/2019 at 09:53:08
I agree with Stan at #16. Whether or not Marco Silva thinks that Pickford allowed himself to be distracted by the home crowd should be between him & Pickford. Wasn't Allardyce blasted on here for criticizing players in public?

I, for one, applaud him for defending his player in public. Whatever managers do these days, they are castigated.

With regard to the game, playing Devil's Advocate, I'd say that the manager can be responsible for much of what goes on, but he can't be criticized for players' individual mistakes, which have been the cause of many goals conceeded.

I don't have to list the goals we have conceeded this way. You have all witnessed them. While I have yet to be convinced that Marco is the man for us, and I really do want him to succeed for the sake of our club, I am equally frustrated by some players who make the same mistakes game after game.

I've coached players myself, who try as I might, I could not change their bad habits. Yet other players learned quickly (so not just down to my coaching!). Maybe Marco is suffering the same problem, which is why he changes the team?

Martinez was criticized for not changing to a defensive set up, to see out a win. Silva tried to do that on Saturday, by bringing on another defender. Yet, still apparently, he got it wrong??? Or ..... just maybe the players did?

John Raftery
21 Posted 11/03/2019 at 09:55:15
Pickford cannot be trusted to do the simple stuff. Opposing teams must feel they will always have a chance of scoring against him.

Routine crosses: he might drop one. Long balls down the middle: he might race out to confuse his defenders. An up and under into the 6-yard box: he might flap at it. A pot shot from 25 yards: he might palm it out to a forward following up.

We have seen all of those scenarios this season, not to mention wayward distribution and an apparent inability to keep a defence organised and alert to danger.

Last season I thought he was a work in progress. This season he has gone backwards.

Catterick had no hesitation in dropping Gordon West when he was in poor form. Kendall had no hesitation in dropping Southall.

Silva should do likewise with Pickford to give him an opportunity to refocus. It won't happen of course because he is ‘England's Number One'. Over to Gareth Southgate for a decision.

Terry Underwood
22 Posted 11/03/2019 at 10:13:22
Any goalkeeper playing behind what is, at best, a wobbly defence is bound to make errors if only because of the sheer volume of shots and crosses coming his way.

I don't think our defenders are bad players as individuals but they seem to lack direction and cohesion. Do we have a specialist defensive coach? If not, we need one... If so we need another one.

It's not as if we can happily concede a couple of goals, knowing that we can outscore opponents at the other end cos that ain't case. Calvert-Lewin works hard and is developing quite well but he will only ever be a supporting act to the main event. We badly need a headline act up front.

Maybe we should look closer to home instead of splashing millions on foreign players. Many top players have come from lower divisions or Scotland... Sharp, Vardy, Rush, Keegan to name but a few. Going back further Ball, Law and, (I think) Doogan.

Do we even scout the lower leagues any more or are we obsessed with "top" players?

Peter Thistle
23 Posted 11/03/2019 at 10:19:11
Pickford was being a smart arse as the picture linking this article shows, he needs to lose that attitude and be more professional. Plus learn how to catch a ball.
Sam Hoare
24 Posted 11/03/2019 at 10:44:52
I think there is room for personality and characters within a team. But on the pitch, goalkeepers especially are usually better off for being calm, level headed and reliable. An unpredictable goalkeeper does not help lay the foundation for an assured and cohesive defense.

The cross that Pickford dropped that then lead to the penalty was very routine stuff. As was Almiron's shot that he then palmed back out for their crucial equaliser.

A goalkeeper has to get the bread and butter stuff right. Pickford needs to show over the next 8 games he can be relied on or else a new goalkeeper could soon become one of our biggest priorities.

Mike Doyle
25 Posted 11/03/2019 at 10:44:59
Silva is correct to defend his player in public – Sir Alex would have done the same – then give the offender a serious dressing down behind the scene. I wonder if Silva is doing this?

It seems to me that Pickford is making more gaffs this year than last - at very least he seems no better.

The big problem with Saturday was that at a point in the game when we were still leading, our manager made a substitution that effectively waved the white flag and handed the initiative to a shrewd opposition manager. Newcastle took over midfield and from that point on we were beaten. If the 3rd goal had been ruled out they'd probably have scored another.

I wonder if Brands is having a serious conversation with Silva this morning or does this not happen because Silva is Moshiri's man? Be nice to know...

Clive Rogers
26 Posted 11/03/2019 at 10:45:09
If a player takes on the crowd, there is only one winner.

This is going to be a regular event now at Newcastle games. Ridiculous.

Jim Bennings
27 Posted 11/03/2019 at 10:52:34
Silva did wave the white flag by taking off an attacker and replacing him with a defender – a defender, by the way, who's hardly kicked a ball this year so far, will have been rusty and still hasn't really settled.

It was madness and it swung the momentum in Newcastle's favour, I can understand that substitution if you are playing Barcelona away in the Champions League but why should Everton, who have spent triple what Newcastle have, be scared of Newcastle?

It's all about mentality as per usual and we still prove that we don't have a big boys mentality.

It will be the same on Sunday against Chelsea, they are in Ukraine on Thursday night but you just know we won't try and attack them and take the game to them, we will sit back and wait for the inevitable 1-0 defeat to a below par Chelsea side.

Derek Knox
28 Posted 11/03/2019 at 11:16:39
I agree with all who have pointed out that a 'top keeper' should be able to catch the ball in flight and not parry or punch it away, which is so often the response of Pickford, when that situation arises.

Pickford was definitely reacting to the crowd, the Geordie - Mackem antagonism, which was not only unprofessional, but it obviously had a major impact on his concentration, or should I say lack of it?

Others have mentioned too that Kenny, who didn't expect to play, had probably his worst performance for us, yet has gone for the most part without a mention.

It was all too convenient for Silva, with whom my patience has worn to paper-thin, to effectively use Jordan as a scapegoat for the last 30 minutes of the game, as an extended brainfart, but conveniently deflecting any flak which should be directed at both him, and his useless entourage.

Tony Everan
29 Posted 11/03/2019 at 11:32:20
Pickford needs better coaching. Someone who he respects and will give proper attention to.

He is coming across as an arrogant wildcard. He has regressed since the World Cup instead of that being a springboard for him.

Both the coaching staff and Pickford himself need to get a grip of the situation and turn it round fast.

Brian Harrison
30 Posted 11/03/2019 at 11:34:04
I posted last season that I thought Jack Butland was a better all-round keeper than Jordan Pickford. I have seen nothing since to make me change my opinion. Jordan Pickford is erratic at times, and this lack of composure I don't think he can change.

He is a terrific shot-stopper as he proved last week against Liverpool, but the mistake he made against the same opponents in December raises serious questions over the choices he makes at times.

Look, every goalkeeper makes mistakes and its how they react to those mistakes, and what changes they make to try and eradicate them in the future. I am not convinced that Jordan has learned from the mistakes.

He seems to push a lot of shots back into play rather than preferring to turn the shots over the bar or round the post for a corner. The very simple cross he failed to hold which led to the Newcastle penalty was a schoolboy mistake, but his reaction to bring down Rondon was stupid, and he was lucky not to be sent off.

We have seen a lot of poor decisions from Jordan in quite a few games, and unless he improves his decision making I fear those mistakes will keep on happening. He should be maturing as a goalkeeper, but I don't see that happening — he is just as erratic with his decisions as when he first joined us which is very worrying.

Jim Bennings
31 Posted 11/03/2019 at 11:36:04
David James used to handle the Gwladys Street stick brilliantly when he was in goal for that lot.

James inevitably got stick, goalkeeper for Liverpool and added fuel was that he was prone to ridiculous errors. However, he regularly laughed and joked with the fans in the Gwladys Street behind the goal, the odd thumbs up etc just to basically say “I know what's coming lads let's just enjoy the banter”.

Pickford however on Saturday became far too engrossed in it all rather than just holding a thumb up to the Gallowgate as acknowledgment that what came his way he would lead by example on the pitch.

It's not the first time these big occasions seem to rattle him, he's flunked two Anfield derbies on the spin now.

I appreciate what he did at the World Cup but also believe that at times there's too much hype over basic saves, I remember the madness surrounding Tim Howard in the 2014 World Cup, people not realising that most of the shots were poorly struck attempts hit straight at him.

Pickford was at fault for several goals we conceded at the back of last season, two he conceded at West Ham on the last day were dreadful but then along game the World Cup and that elevates his status before he's actually really achieved anything noteworthy.

This season has been a massive bounce back down to earth and hopefully it's going to be the wake-up call desperately needed.

Mike Price
32 Posted 11/03/2019 at 11:40:17
He's an attention seeker, like a fireman who starts fires just so he can put them out and play the hero.

Doesn't seem the brightest, doesn't dominate the 6-yard box, spreads insecurity throughout the team, is a decent shot-stopper but rarely wins us a game.

He won't get dropped because of his asset value; we drop him and his value plummets. We should try and get our money back; we should have bought Fabianski last season.

John Raftery
33 Posted 11/03/2019 at 11:49:09
Mike (32),

You have summed up the situation perfectly though I would prefer Butland.

Kevin Molloy
34 Posted 11/03/2019 at 11:51:47
Our manager just isn't very good, that's our problem. I couldn't believe it when we 'poached' a guy who had overseen relegation form for two teams in the two years he'd been in the Premier League.

Let's not forget we finished reasonably last year and spent another hundred million in the summer, he's taken a third team and is stinking the place out for a third time.

He needs to head off with the £16 million he's taken during his wild ride in England these last three years, and laugh all the way to the bank.

Brent Stephens
37 Posted 11/03/2019 at 12:18:55
Jim, I could be persuaded!
Christy Ring
38 Posted 11/03/2019 at 12:26:14
I suppose Silva was right to back Pickford in public, but be honest, he completely lost the plot with the Newcastle fans. I know he was probably getting abuse for his Sunderland connection, but he let them get to him, and had a nightmare.
Jack Convery
39 Posted 11/03/2019 at 12:27:19
If Silva is not aware that Pickford was wound up because he's a Mackem and the enemy are the Geordies, he doesn't understand English Football. His whole performance was about getting one over on the old enemy, whilst forgetting he was playing in goal for Everton and not Sunderland.

He's an over-confident egotist who believes his own publicity. He should be dropped at the weekend and not be on the bench either. Give him time to reflect. If he continues to act like a kid we should consider moving him on – no time for fools at Goodison.... we have too many already!

Dean Johnson
40 Posted 11/03/2019 at 12:28:49
For Pickford, see Trippier.

Clearly two big time charlies who think they've done it all and have arrived at the top table of footballers.

I've never been 100% about Pickford, he's a fizzing bundle of nerves. Always talking about "taking it on the chin" and "not letting mistakes get him down". Well I for one think that is a big pile of bollocks. I think everything affects him as much as commentators say that it doesn't.

Not wanting to sound too Sky Sports but he "has everything he needs to be a top goalkeeper", everything except a cool head and an ability to collect crosses.

Maybe he is why Sunderland got relegated? I remember seeing loads of shots go under him when he played for them but everyone raved about him because of the amount of shots he faced.

Well, he wouldn't face so many shots if he came out to collect fucking crosses!!!

Craig Walker
41 Posted 11/03/2019 at 12:47:25
I wonder what reaction Tim Howard or Richard Wright would have got for a performance like that on Saturday? I don't think Pickford is anywhere near as good as he thinks he is.

We have still only had two top-class goalkeepers in my time of supporting the Blues: Southall and Martyn.

Tony J Williams
42 Posted 11/03/2019 at 13:28:07
Billy Big Bollocks getting made to look a twat after the World Cup, nothing new there.
Mike Gaynes
43 Posted 11/03/2019 at 14:14:13
Not a bit of self-awareness by Silva here – not a word to address his own blunder of the sub. But Stan #16 is spot on: no public criticism of the player would be appropriate for a manager.

DK #28, it has been commented on in several threads and we talked about it even during the first half on the Live Forum, but after all he wasn't responsible for any of the goals.

Mike #32, no thank you. Fumbles Fabianski would have been the last keeper I would have bought after ten years of Premier League howlers. This season, at 33, he's finally having a good show with West Ham. First time.

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

44 Posted 11/03/2019 at 14:20:56
I 'get' there is a discussion to be had on the perceived failings of Jordan Pickford, both on technique and temperament.

That said, over several threads now since Saturday, some posters are simply going in for personal vilification of the lad, which is unmerited, and much of it founded on wild speculation.

In the last 3 days he has been described as:

"a fool who cannot concentrate or focus on his job"
"a cocky unhinged idiot"
"an over-excitable cretin"
"arrogant"
"a clown"
"cocksure"
"crazy"
"madcap"
"a hysteric"
"a hyped-up personality"
"a narcissist, eager to be the centre of attention"
someone with "ADHD"
"an arrogant fucker!"
"definitely not a full shilling"
"weak-minded"
someone who "goes into scared mode"
"an ego bigger than his ability"
someone who "needs bringing down a peg or two"
someone with "a mental disorder"

And there is plenty more of the same.

To echo Peter Mills from another thread, I consider there are some pretty harsh comments there, overly concerned with subjective character assassination of the lad, rather than a more objective assessment of his skills, limitations and perceived failings.

This is a player who last year swept up all three end-of-season awards:

The fans' Player of the Year.
The players' Player of the Year.
The Young Player of the Year.

He had an outstanding World Cup and has had some fantastic moments, even in this current bipolar season Everton is experiencing.

Overall, he is not maintaining the same standards to which he played last season. Why not?

Judging by some of the listed comments above it is primarily down to a failing of his personality traits. I don't buy that.

Yup! I agree there are moments when he needs to be 'quieter', 'more still' in games to be more effective. That does not equate to demanding he should undergo a complete personality transplant and change the person he is by being 'calmer' and Pat Jennings Buddah-like.

As for the 'banter' with the home crowd, it can go one of two ways: Pickford's confidence and facing down of them could act as an inspiration to the team to do likewise: not to be intimidated and to play with a swagger. Of course, if you concede or lose, it can make you look foolish.

Alan Ball was the Master Windup Merchant. Personally, I want more players with confidence and swagger, with the ability to carry it off... as long as it doesn't impact negatively on their performance. Despite some claims to the contrary, I'm not convinced that Pickford's interplay with the home crowd did.

I still see him doing a lot of good things in his position. I honestly do not recall from last season much discussion or questioning of Jordan's ability to command his area or organize his defence. Just some doubts about his height.

On the contrary, he was often praised for the fact it was his voice that was most vocal to live attendees at the game and that he was no respecter of reputations, giving Rooney some grief, for example, when he tried to be too cute on the edge of the penalty area, bringing unnecessary pressure on the defence.

This season, for the most part, he has tended to leave incoming balls to his centre backs. Now some folk on TW have reliably informed us he does so as a direct instruction from Silva, his manager. He is playing to orders.

Ironically, I thought against the Barcodes on Saturday he was coming out to high balls much more than he has shown this season. I see no evidence that he shies away from the physical and he has a good punch on him to clear his area.

His drop from an unchallenged routine cross that led to the penalty was dreadful. He was a very lucky boy to stay on the pitch, but – as he often does – he redeemed himself by saving the penalty.

I think the goal he is most culpable for on the day was the second one. It was an extremely fiercely hit shot which allowed him little reaction time. For me, he gets the angles and movement of his hands wrong. He would have been better palming the ball over the bar, rather than attempt to beat it away to the sides, and certainly not in front.

The ball doesn't hit his still hands. You can actually see downward (rather than angled upward) hand and arm movement which will result in one thing: angling the ball back into the ground in front of him, as happened, presenting Perez with his chance.

Is he a talented goalkeeper? Undoubtedly.

Is he the finished article? Far from it.

Are their aspects of his technique and temperament he could improve? Most definitely.

It seems implausible to me that the player himself, or his coaching staff, are not aware of his shortcomings and work on them daily to improve them.

I will close on one further observation, two actually:

1) He and his (note) 'childhood sweetheart' just last month gave birth to their first son. That he remained faithful to his 'childhood sweetheart' rather than go hunting for a WAG is possibly indicative of a loyal, well-balanced lad unaffected by his new-found fame, rather than the "arrogant narcissist" some label him as.

2) Parenthood changes everything in a father or mother's life. You cannot separate the personal from the professional. None of us have any idea if or how the new-born is affecting Jordan's sleep patterns, etc.

In conclusion, I won't be jumping on the bandwaggon of condemnation of presumed character and personality failings being thrown at our goalkeeper.

George Cumiskey
45 Posted 11/03/2019 at 14:39:27
Jesus, Jay... ever thought of making a long story short? Lol!
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

46 Posted 11/03/2019 at 15:14:28
No need to be formal, George.

You can call me just 'Jay'.

Daniel A Johnson
47 Posted 11/03/2019 at 15:16:47
Jay Wood [44]...

So, to summarise, he's a bit shit?

Daniel A Johnson
48 Posted 11/03/2019 at 15:28:01
Pickford on Saturday was trying to show off to the Geordies. As a proud Mackem, I'm sure he was looking forward to the match. But the occasion 100% went to his head. He lost his cool and focus. Cue the flack he's deservedly getting.

If there is anywhere we need a calm confident head its the keeper. But when Pickford's brain stalls its catastrophic.

Look at Spurs where we were 1-0 up then cue a Pickford brain fart where he decapitated Zouma and we then get murdered. Look at West ham where a Hollywood kick out was intercepted and spanked back into the net. Errors such as these set us back and change the flow of the match.

He's been the catalyst for so many defeats and poor performances

Ray Smith
49 Posted 11/03/2019 at 16:14:48
On a previous thread, I tongue in cheek mentioned Gordon Ramsey to sort Pickford out.

However, on reflection he could come in and hopefully sort the whole bloody mess out that we are currently in from top to bottom!

I believe/understand he was a half decent defender when he played for Rangers, before a knee injury ended his career.

A few home truths wouldn't go amiss!!!

Tony Marsh
50 Posted 11/03/2019 at 16:39:50
I cannot believe the excuses being made for Jordan Pickford on here. He's a Mackem and got wound up, lost his cool they say... What the fuck was Pickford's excuse at Anfield, where he made an absolutely pathetic mistake???

Pickford has been terrible all season. The odd penalty save keeps him his place. He won't be England's Number One much longer — you can bet on that! He needs dropping and selling. He's simply not good enough at this level. Never mind he plays for England — they always have managers who make shocking decisions.

The truth is Jordan Pickford is now officially a dodgy keeper and is definitely too small for the modern game. Those of you saying silly things like Gordon Banks was the same height as Jordan Pickford have me in stitches. Banks wasn't in goal up against the outfield giants of today's game, was he? Pogba, Fellaini, Crouch etc...

Most outfield players now are bigger than Gordon Banks was. Banks was probably the biggest guy on the pitch when he was playing. Look at the 1966 World Cup squad. Alan Ball, Nobby Stiles etc... Joke statement.

I can't believe Silva is still here today after Saturday's diabolical shambles. What will it take to fire the bullet? Our form since last October is criminal — no other club in Europe that professes to be ambitious would put up with this shit and this gormless manager a minute longer. Bottom half of the table going backwards and utter shite to watch... yet Silva keeps his job. It's reminiscent of the last days of Martinez — where we all knew it was coming but Kenwright dragged it out.

Sack Marco Silva now and put Rhino in charge untill the summer. We can't go down so what's the point keeping Silva stinking the out the gaff? Time to be ruthless and cut Silva loose.

Who amongst us would trust Silva to keep us up next season? I certainly wouldn't. The laughing stock of England is what we are. It sickens me.

Mick Conalty
51 Posted 11/03/2019 at 16:50:00
All the great goalkeepers usually have a great team in font of them.
Pickford is on a hiding to nothing with that load of shit in front of him. The great Gordon Banks would struggle with that useless defense.

Max Murphy
52 Posted 11/03/2019 at 17:04:02
The reason Pickford was not red-carded was because the ref thought it would be a greater punishment to Everton leaving their goalkeeper on the pitch. And he was right.
Derek Knox
53 Posted 11/03/2019 at 17:22:48
Aye Ray, he could certainly grill him, and give a good roasting, he may be able to encourage poaching to other players in front of goal too. It would prove if we had a squad of chickens or sheep, either way there's mushroom for improvement.

Mind you, the language would be a trifle unsavoury, and would 'braise' an eyebrow or two.

Mike Gaynes
54 Posted 11/03/2019 at 18:13:29
Tony #50, read much?

Yeah, I'm the one who mentioned Gordon Banks.

You didn't notice that I also listed Bravo, Casillas, Navas, Schmeichel, Oblak? Are they not modern keepers? Or is their mention "silly" as well?

The "joke" statement is that Pickford is too small. He's not. His poor judgment and footwork on high balls has nothing to do with his height. Watch Navas, Schmeichel or Ter Stegen on high crosses and watch how they handle 'em. And they're the same size as Pickford.

Pickford didn't drop that cross or punch all those clearances straight to opponents because he's too short. That's you pushing one of the excuses you claim to dislike.

Daniel A Johnson
55 Posted 11/03/2019 at 18:25:56
Jamie Crowley
56 Posted 11/03/2019 at 18:44:24
Pickford is not a bad keeper. He's 25, an amazing shot-stopper, and has some "moments" where he simply needs to mature.

And he will! Jesus [Jay] (had to throw that in there, funniest comeback ever @46) it happens to all of us. The only positive to getting old is the knowledge you acquire on the journey, and the improved perspective that knowledge brings.

It's clear to me we're witnessing a "TW Mob Mentality Syndrome" with Jordan.

You should all be mad at the freaking Manager!

"...we have to have enough experience to take the right decisions at this level..."

Aye Marco, aye!

We lost a game because the manager changed the complexion of the game with the worst substitution I've seen in over a decade from my barstool in 'Merica. That's been done to death on here.

After being livid yesterday, and trying to reflect, the only thing I can think of with Silva is the same criteria is applicable to him as it is Jordan.

He's a young coach. He'll also mature and learn. He made a massive mistake yesterday, as immature and over-reactionary for a manager as Jordan's antics were.

I only hope he realizes this, because he's not saying the right things in my opinion. That, or someone has a very, very strong word with him inside the organization, Mr. Brands.

But this vilification of Jordan Pickford borders on ridiculous.

Link

Anthony Murphy
57 Posted 11/03/2019 at 19:05:20
See Silva has been charged by the FA with Improper Conduct after confronting the officials on the pitch after the game.

How many times do we see this every season? A regular occurrence. How many managers are charged? Was he swearing or being abusive? Wenger carried on like this after every defeat.

I’m still waiting for someone else to be banned like Niasse was for diving to win a pen. Has anyone else ever been charged with this?

Rob Dolby
59 Posted 11/03/2019 at 19:40:07
Can someone name a keeper in the Premier League who hasn't made a few mistakes this season?

Pickford hasn't been as consistent as last season but he is still a very good keeper.

The goalie's role has developed over the last few years, they now have to play like an extra centre-back whilst dealing with a ball that swerves more than ever.

Whilst the emphasis is on playing around with the ball more at the back and taking chances, every goalie is going to look like a fool every now and then. De Gea on Sunday made a howler; one of the best ever in Buffon made a howler midweek.

I just hope it's Alisson's turn this week.

Alastair Donaldson
60 Posted 11/03/2019 at 19:52:18
There's nowhere to hide for goalkeepers, but if anyone's blaming him entirely for the debacle (and it doesn't look that way to me), it's not entirely fair.

I said on here a while back he's always rooted to the line, whether that's what he's been told is required (I would hope not) tends to be countered by the 1st goal. Maybe they know he can't catch so he is told to stay back!

He definitely needs coaching on that aspect and soon from Big Nev!!!!!

But the defence was collectively to blame, there were good numbers back but they did not appear to know how to organise themselves with no-one taking control.

We've seen this for 4-5 months now... clock's ticking for Silva.

Ken Kneale
61 Posted 11/03/2019 at 19:52:55
Jamie,

It is Pickford's behavioru that is ridiculous, not the reaction on TW. At any age, we all expect any keeper to have the odd error but self-inflicted wounds through lack of awareness, maturity and downright stupidity when you are Everton's and England's goalkeeper deserves all he gets, I am afraid. It is time for him to demonstrate he is not a boy doing a man's job>

John Pierce
62 Posted 11/03/2019 at 19:56:42
Pickford's antics & a poor offside decision have given Silva great cover for another defeat. We have debated the gamut of blame, from Silva's tactics to the players' mentality to the individual errors.

The manager's reaction at the end of the game, hinted to me at least, his current mindset, he's under great pressure. We've had some stinkers this year from the officials, but Silva hasn't felt the need to confront the referee. Has he?

Moreover it said he was grasping at straws to justify a record which is at best stagnant but most likely tells me what Silva is: in over his head.

All that's left this season is watch the death throes of another failed appointment.

Joe McMahon
63 Posted 11/03/2019 at 20:03:35
For me there is way too many mistakes leading to points and games lost. Two matches at Anfield for a start. The punching the ball straight into play, not collecting crosses, makes me realise Tim Howard wasn't as bad as the stick he got.

I'd rather we kept Joel Robles, as everytime the ball comes into our box I fear the worse, and I feel the defenders have no faith either. The Millwall game was an absolute shocker, but the match at Newcastle was a disgrace.

The endless shite that Everton have served up for decades, just keeps being served season after season. May 1995 was a long time ago and May 1987 will never be repeated.

David Connor
64 Posted 11/03/2019 at 20:25:22
Get real, Marco. The fella needs dropping for his own good. He is believing the hype that surrounded him after his World Cup performances. The lad has got way too cocky and needs bringing down a peg or two.

He needs to start with learning how to catch a ball for starters. The defenders are on edge because they have little confidence in him when the ball is crossed into the box.

How many times have we seen him command his area when the ball is in the air? Almost never. If he doesn't get dropped, he will cost us big time. If he spits the dummy out, fuck him off. He ain't that good.

Neil Cremin
65 Posted 11/03/2019 at 20:49:46
I can't believe the diverse analysis here on TW.

TW is a cauldron for taking players apart. Sneids, Macca, Williams, Mina, Coleman, Keane, Martina Walcott, Barkley, Davies, Calvert-Lewin to name but a few.

Consistently on TW it is said that we badly need a centre forward, we badly need a creative midfield player. Yet we scored two goals away from home on Saturday and managed to lose. This is madness. We lose because we concede more goal than the opposition.

Our midfielders do not provide protection for the defenders when the opposition have the ball and our defenders are disorganised. Every player on the pitch has been dropped at some stage during the season except one, Pickford. It is about time that he took his share of responsibility for the state that Everton are in instead of berating his teammates every time we concede a goal as if he had no hand, act or part in it.

When he obviously is at fault he takes no responsibility for the error but instead takes us all for fools by asking us to believe that it was a freak event when hitting the crossbar with his hand. I believe he is a destabilising influence on the team.

I am blue in the face pointing out Pickford's faults (see multiple threads for the past two years (Kicking the ball to touch, parrying ball back into play and clattering Williams). It has already been mentioned that his erratic behaviour didn't start at Everton but was already evident at Sunderland. Macca has constantly been vilified because he came from a team that was relegated. Why not the same standards for Pickford?

He needs to be dropped to give others an opportunity to show how they perform without him and if there is an alternative. Why should Jordan be exempt from criticism, everybody else isn't.

I thought on Saturday that, when we were 2-0 up, we had turned a corner. Silva will live or die (more likely the latter) by his decisions over the next few weeks and he needs to make big calls to survive. Dropping Jordan Pickford has to be one of them. There are others but it would dilute my point to an already long thread.

Brian Wilkinson
66 Posted 11/03/2019 at 21:11:40
Neville Southall rarely dropped a catch, he never parried the ball back into the penalty area, the area was Southall's and god help anyone getting in his path when he came to claim a ball.

Pickford cannot catch a ball, cannot parry a ball wide and certainly cannot command his area.

He needs someone to come in and coach him, forget the blunders yesterday and in both Anfield derbies, time and time again this season, he has pushed the ball back out to oncoming players to tap the follow up in the back of the net.

The sooner we get the guy to be able to catch a ball, or at least push it away from danger, the better.

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

67 Posted 11/03/2019 at 21:16:10
Neil @ 65, you say you "Can’t believe the diverse analysis here on TW."

I think it's totally normal.

What I can't believe is you positing a view as you have on numerous threads that it is 'no coincidence' that the 'common factor' of Everton being shite for the past two seasons is the presence of Jordan Pickford.

Personally, I find that a nonsensical, contrived opinion and not a 'coincidence' at all.

You don't like Pickford. That is evident.

Others do, whilst also recognizing his shortcomings.

Nothing unbelievable or strange at all that opinion is so diverse across the very broad church that is TW.

Jamie Crowley
68 Posted 11/03/2019 at 21:19:34
Ken @ 61 -

Your point is taken, and it's a fair one.

Here's my issue. Pickford is 25 years old, and he's between the sticks against his craddle-born, native arch-enemy in Newcastle.

The kid is hyped up beyond belief he wants to win so bad against "that lot." He probably had enough adrenaline coursing through his veins to kill a small farm animal.

Does he need to mature and focus on the game? Of course. But is it somewhat understandable for him to get a bit carried away? I'd argue yes.

I'd prefer to see someone on the field acting immature because he'd rather walk through hell in a gasoline suit than lose. That's what I saw. He simply didn't want to lose to "that lot". He got carried away a bit, but it was getting carried away in a hyper-competitive manner.

I don't see his "antics" as some massive, snatching-loss-from-victory, as others have. My finger is pointed squarely at Marco for the loss to Newcastle. I'm not as bothered by Jordan acting passionately, albeit immaturely, as most.

He needs to grow up a bit when he feels that emotional tidal wave coming. He will. In the meantime, I'd suggest that despite his flaws – and there are a few to be sure as his distribution sends me over the edge at times – he's a good, good young keeper.

He's got another 15 years possibly at the highest level. Keepers can play well into their late 30s and can hit 40 and still perform. I for one hope he plays for the next 15 years, ages, matures, and improves during his career. With us.

He's an outstanding shot-stopper and for me, that's the most important thing. The gray matter between his ears, the commanding his area, the distribution, all of it, can and will improve.

Jamie Crowley
69 Posted 11/03/2019 at 21:35:20
Another thought, Ken,

For all his "mistakes" that Jordan makes, how many goals has he saved us conceding?

I don't have the time or patience to go back and review game film and come up with a number, but my guess is the litany of times he's saved our bacon due to defensive gaffs not of his doing, far, far outweighs goals you can blame him for directly.

He's made a hell of a lot of crucial, ridiculous saves in his time here. So I don't understand the response of many who seemingly only want to focus on his mistakes. Most of which didn't lose us the game!

Sans that horrific derby moment admittedly. But even in that game I remember him stopping a 1 v 1 against Salah to keep us level!

There's criticism – fair criticism. But to say he's shite, or he cost us this last game etc, to me isn't accurate. Or fair.

Jay Harris
70 Posted 11/03/2019 at 21:55:55
Jamie,

If he didn't want to lose against that lot or the other lot when we played them I would suggest he concentrates more on good goalkeeping practices rather than verging on lunatic behaviour.

There is not a Premier Leaqgue goalie that would have gifted Origi that goal and very few would have punched the ball straight into the path of oncoming players besides the erratic behaviour that led to the penalty and one that Rondon ended up putting just wide.

We can't even say it was a one-off because he has consistently been like this all season.

Jamie Crowley
71 Posted 11/03/2019 at 22:05:48
Jay -

I put my comments on Lyndon's opinion article. As this thread was about Marco's opinion on Pickford, I thought that the better place to continue a conversation solely on Pickford and his strengths and weaknesses.

I will say you and I have a vast difference on what constitutes "lunatic behaviour".

Andy Crooks
72 Posted 11/03/2019 at 22:43:35
Jay, @ 44, would it not be great for Jordan to have a chat with the magnificent Pat Jennings? Just to hear how good low key, underplayed humility can be. He oozed calm.

I was honoured enough to meet him and he is Seamus Heaney in goalkeeper's gloves. The timbre of his voice could stop a penalty.

It is a serious point; I believe he could offer Jordan some good advice on how to spread calm through a defence. Neville Southall is the best goalkeeper I have seen. Pat is next. He didn't need histrionics, his defence could just not face his disapproval.

Top player, top man. Make him your role model, Jordan.

Martin Kulkarni
73 Posted 11/03/2019 at 22:47:59
I see Silva has been charged with disrepute because the officials didn't do their job properly, but you're not allowed to remind them. And some probably wonder why no British officials were chosen for the World Cup.

About time we had officials from the continent in charge in the British Game. The fat and unfit jokers passing themselves off as officials here should consider a change of career. Trolley-pushing at supermarkets or lollipop men may be more their bag.

Mike Price
74 Posted 11/03/2019 at 22:52:50
The Anfield mistake will define his time here so he just has to leave, he's not very good and to get our money back would be a result.

I can't believe how many comments on here are asking for better coaching to help our £30 million signing to become fit for purpose.

Peter Warren
75 Posted 11/03/2019 at 23:31:32
Goalkeeping is mostly in the mind (see big Nev interview I think with Shay Given). Pickford definitely needs help & coaching on that department.
Neil Cremin
76 Posted 11/03/2019 at 23:43:01
Jay,

It is not that I don't like Pickford, but I do have a problems that for two years I have questioned his exalted position and outlined the flaws which have concerned me many times. I have watched TWebbers slate every outfield player on the pitch while Jordan's role is never questioned until now.

All I ever want is to see us win the games we should win. I do believe there is a making of a reasonable team in the squad but Jordan to me does not seem to be a team player and that doesn't help. The other piece fo the jigsaw missing is whether our manager has the ability to get the best out of the squad. Me thinks at present that is unlikely.

Gordon Crawford
77 Posted 12/03/2019 at 00:23:30
The fact is that a great defence starts with a great goalkeeper and Jordan isn't that right now. He needs to be dropped for his many erratic performances.

Also, did anyone see Richarlison's twitter post of his blue heart and of him celebrating scoring a goal? I honestly don't get these modern players. We just lost, pal, and you go celebrating your goal, brilliant.

Kev Jones
78 Posted 12/03/2019 at 06:26:29
I admire Marco for defending Pickford. Jordan is a great keeper who needs to improve his technique but who can go on to be a brilliant keeper. Underneath the exuberant antics and the professional soundbite responses to criticism, he may be feeling a terrible disappointment, a feeling many of us seem to share.

Trevor Peers
79 Posted 12/03/2019 at 08:15:43
Marco defending Pickford is giving Jordan the green light for more of his entertaining showbiz antics.

I'm sure the whole football world can't wait for his next comic outburst, should be fun on Twitter.

Joe Bibb
80 Posted 12/03/2019 at 11:24:11
Pickford's faults are many: his distribution is abysmal, also in the games at Chelsea and Anfield there was less than 3 minutes injury time left and he ran to collect the ball so as to get it back into play as soon as possible – an experienced goalie would have wasted time kicked it out to a defender and wasted even more time.

He shows the faults of a schoolboy but what is worse is why hasn't someone at the Club pulled him up about his faults?

Eddie Dunn
81 Posted 12/03/2019 at 12:01:45
We mustn't go over the top in deriding Pickford's shortcomings. Brian, he can catch the ball, and does so often, taking pressure off the defence. His problem on Saturday was misreading the flight and getting caught under it. He is also very agile and athletic.

He can have coaching to sort out his distribution (which was lauded on here by some on his arrival) and his tendency to parry back into danger. Those problems can be solved.

His main problem is his emotional instability, his poor reading of situations, and his communication with his defence. Add to this his eagerness to be involved and you see an accident waiting to happen.

Maybe he will calm down. I wouldn't try and sell him, but I would drop him for a few games. Let's see if he shows signs of learning anything.

Max Murphy
82 Posted 12/03/2019 at 19:41:13
I see Jordan Pickford leads a table of Premier League goalkeepers whose errors have led to opposition shots, including goals.

So those who defend this player, examine the facts and statistics:- this goalkeeper is currently the worst in the Premier League.

An afterthought... Everton deserve to have him.

Max Murphy
83 Posted 12/03/2019 at 20:41:59
Eddie (#81), Pickford now heads a list of Premier League goalkeepers who, because of their mistakes, have given away more shots and goals to the opposition – hm more than any other goalkeeper – he tops the list! He is currently the worst goalkeeper in the Premier League!

How can you ignore facts and statistics? The Liverpool, Spurs, West Ham, and Newcastle games immediately come to mind.

He's too short, he's a coward in the air, and cannot command his own area. England have finished with him, and I predict in 18 months he'll be a distant memory.

Let's face it, he's rubbish, and has probably cost us 12 points this season.

Justin Doone
84 Posted 12/03/2019 at 21:42:03
Silva gets many decisions wrong so no surprises there.

Come the summer he'll believe money grows on trees and that splashing 10's of millions in players is a necessity when in fact it simply proves most modern managers are not good enough to get the most out of players at their disposal.

However, I am prepared to give Silva another 9 months to prove we are on the up and, with a little more time, a bit of luck and possibly a top quality player and leader, we can be challenging for European places.

The talent and potential of our recruitment last summer was very good. Other than Mina I think they have all improved the first team so keeping some stability with Silva makes sense.

Mina should now be starting the remaining games to prove if he can cut it in the Premier League.

Pickford needs a few games out so he can reasses his poor form and silly decision making.

I'd like to see Bernard central with Lookman on the left. Give Sigurdsson a little rest. Little to play for so Silva should take advantage and experiment.

Paul Cherrington
85 Posted 13/03/2019 at 12:24:39
I would be wary of experimenting too much now as I feel we still need to pick up a few more points to rest easy. I thought relegation was well off the cards after the Cardiff win/Liverpool draw but, with recent results, I would like to be further away from it all.

But yeah, it would be a good idea once we have won another game or two. I would more go the route of trying some of the Under-23s out though if we have the luxury.

Harry Hockley
86 Posted 13/03/2019 at 19:57:07
Pickford's not a good goalkeeper. He doesn't do the basics well enough, doesn't command his box and can't catch a cold; decent shot-stopper is about it. His reaction to his mistakes was to laugh and smile?

Unprofessional of the highest order... terrible attitude. We don't need all this ego caper right now – we need LEADERS.

Simon Smith
87 Posted 14/03/2019 at 22:56:18
Lots of harsh words on here about Pickford's ability; imo, he has ability but it's time to grow up.

In a short space of tim, he went from Sunderland and being relegated, to Everton and England Number 1, he was linked as a replacement for Man Utd's De Gaye and has believed his own hype.

Needs to be dropped like Gomes, Richarlison and every other Everton player has been, take it on the chin, buckle down and get over himself.

We need a keeper, not a clown.

Chris Tomkinson
88 Posted 15/03/2019 at 23:27:31
I am so glad more and more people are waking up to how poor Pickford is. I do not blame Silva for defending him in public but we need to see how he resolves this issue now. I don't see Steklenberg as a good enough Number 1 either so Silva does not have many options at the moment.

I agree with a poster that Pickford mistakes have probably cost at least 12 points in the Premier League and contributed to the FA Cup exit at Millwall this season and that does not factor in the resulting cost of the all-important loss of momentum and confidence amongst the team, players and fans.

I do not see his personality as an issue – the issue is his basic goalkeeping skills are not good enough. He has massive weaknesses in key areas that are compounded by his relatively short stature for a modern goalkeeper.

Hopefully, the manager (whoever he is) will recognise this and we can sell Pickford this summer and recoup some cash but I can't see who would buy him now and for what price???

Brian Porter
89 Posted 27/03/2019 at 07:13:39
Silva doesn't think Pickford was distracted? Pickford has now admitted he WAS distracted and he knows he was wrong to act as he did.
So why can't Silva say that too and let Pickford know this is not acceptable for a top tier keeper?
Doing it in private is all well and good but now and then a little public condemnation can work wonders in making a player realise just how much he's let himself, his manager and his teammates down. Defending him in public also gives our opponents the wrong message in saying our manager is weak and unable to exercise good discipline over his players.
This was no small issue that just needed a quiet private word. It was a very big problem for our team and it should have been made clear to the rest of the league that our manager will not tolerate such tomfoolery on the field of play from anyone.
If we had a quality replacement on the books it would be easier to drop him for a few games and let him know he's not irreplaceable but sadly, we sold a damn decent keeper and left ourselves with the Stek as the only real back up to Pickford. One for the summer shopping list Marcel?
James Hughes
90 Posted 27/03/2019 at 07:37:57
Brian P. where did Pickford admit that? I would like to read that if possible
Brian Williams
91 Posted 27/03/2019 at 08:36:41
James #90.

It was on various online sports news sites, mate.

Martin Nicholls
92 Posted 27/03/2019 at 09:26:16
Brian P#90 - who is the "damn decent goalkeeper" that we sold? Robles was out of contract when he left.
Dave Abrahams
93 Posted 27/03/2019 at 09:31:32
Pickford’s shortcomings are so obvious it is surprising he hasn’t been advised of them by the coaches at Everton, if they have advised him, he’s not listening, so he’s either thick or needs his ears testing.

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