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Carragher says Spurs target Pickford not brave enough on Sunday

Jamie Carragher has told Monday Night Football (broadcast on Sky Sports; 16/5; 19:28) that Tottenham Hotspur target Jordan Pickford was not brave enough after retreating just before Jarrad Branthwaite was sent off for Everton on Sunday.

The Toffees are still not yet safe in the Premier League. Frank Lampard’s men had an opportunity to secure survival in their clash with Brentford. And they got off to an ideal start with an early goal at Goodison Park.

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However, the afternoon turned sour for the Toffees. They ended the game with nine men and were beaten 3-2. The turning point came about after Branthwaite was sent off for bringing down Ivan Toney when he was through on goal.

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The opportunity came about after a long ball was launched from the edge of the Brentford box. At the time, Pickford was close to where the foul would take place. But he decided to drop back into his penalty area as the ball flew.

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And Carragher has pointed the finger of blame at Pickford, insisting that the best goalkeepers would have dealt with the ball before Branthwaite got himself the wrong side of Toney.

“If you’re going to play like that and be on the front foot, you need your goalkeeper to be high as well. You see the starting position and why he’s so high up the pitch. Initially I was thinking where would the keeper be? Is he in his box? No, I think he’s in a really good position. If that’s Alisson, if that’s Ederson, that’s the position they take up,” he told Monday Night Football.

“Jarrad Branthwaite, to get there, is 36 yards away when he makes the foul. Jordan Pickford is, at the most, 10. Again, Jordan Pickford, for me, is not brave enough. When you’re playing that high, your goalkeeper’s got to be brave as well. I think Alisson, Ederson, the top goalkeepers in this country, deal with this.”

Pickford not being brave enough may alert Tottenham

Pickford has produced some colossal performances for Everton in their battle to stay up. But he has never managed to fully silence his critics during his time in the Premier League.

And Carragher’s comments may alert a club such as Tottenham. Previous reports have claimed that Spurs are interested in Pickford as a potential successor to Hugo Lloris. His asking price is said to be £30 million.

But the idea that he was not brave enough and did not do what an elite goalkeeper would do should perhaps concern Tottenham.

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