Chris Sutton believes that Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has plenty to prove this season and that he could be under pressure of losing his spot for England.
The Toffees shot-stopper has established himself as the number one option at Goodison park and is also first-choice for Gareth Southgate’s England.
His real peak so far came in the 2018 World Cup during the nation’s run to the semi-finals, but there has been a noticeable drop off since.
The 25-year-old has endured a difficult start to this campaign, which included a dodgy performance in the 3-2 defeat at Brighton at the weekend and it suggests his confidence is low.
Pundit Sutton believes that Pickford needs to start sending out statements with his Everton performances.
“I think Pickford is under pressure, not necessarily for his Everton place, but for his England spot,” Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport.
“I think there are other goalkeepers out there, the boy at Bournemouth Aaron Ramsdale, very competent goalkeeper. Pickford I think has got work to do and a lot to prove this season.”
Pickford has conceded 18 goals in his 12 games across all competitions so far this season for Everton and is part of a backline that is struggling for the Merseyside club.
He’s certainly not been anywhere near his best in the last couple of months and needs to get back to really commanding the defence in front of him.
There is no doubt of his spot in Marco Silva’s team, but there are some promising English goalkeepers around performing well and he needs to ensure his levels are up to the standard.