Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti should pick Robin Olsen instead of Jordan Pickford for the Toffees’ upcoming league match at Goodison Park, according to BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson.
Pickford has been an ever-present in the Everton starting XI since his move from Sunderland in 2017, clocking up 137 competitive appearances in all competitions for the Blues.
However, the Toffees custodian has come under criticism at times over the past few seasons due to errors in some of his performances.
Last Sunday, Carlo Ancelotti opted to rest Pickford for the game against Newcastle, instead naming Roma loanee Olsen in the starting XI.
Such a bold call unsurprisingly led to some fans questioning Pickford’s future at the club, but Ancelotti stressed he just wanted to rest the £100,000-a-week man and give his deputy game time.
“Jordan will be back for the next game against Manchester United,” the Italian said in a quote posted on the club’s Twitter account before the game.
However, Lawrenson doesn’t agree with Ancelotti, telling BBC Sport: “I would not give Jordan Pickford a recall in goal, though, because Robin Olsen did well against Newcastle last weekend.”
Pickford is undoubtedly a great goalkeeper who has proven himself at the highest level, but Ancelotti is right to have given him a rest.
Olsen did well in Pickford’s absence and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to reward him with another start.
That said, given Ancelotti has publicly given his word about Pickford starting, it would now be unfair to go back on it, so this is unlikely to change.