‘I want him’: TalkSPORT pundit now says £100k-a-week Everton man is perfect for penalty shootouts
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‘I want him’: TalkSPORT pundit now says £100k-a-week Everton man is perfect for penalty shootouts

Everton return to Premier League action in a week’s time, and will need to hit the ground running.

Sitting just above the relegation zone, they face fellow strugglers Wolves under new manager Julen Lopetegui.

Speaking on TalkSPORT, (19/12 9:53am), Jamie O’Hara was talking about one of Everton’s star players.

He was discussing yesterday’s World Cup final, which wouldn’t immediately be linked to Everton.

Frank Lampard’s side had no players still in Qatar, however, a certain Jordan Pickford came up in conversation.

O’Hara was talking about penalties, after Argentina defeated France in a shootout last night.

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Aston Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez was outstanding, saving one shot and making France’s takers feel uncomfortable as possible.

The TalkSPORT pundit also backed Pickford, who he thought was another brilliant goalkeeper to have in a penalty shootout.

The £100,00-a-week shot stopper has been involved in some pretty high-profile shootouts with England.

However, the only penalty he faced in Qatar was against Iran, where he couldn’t stop Mehdi Taremi’s effort.

O’Hara backs Pickford in penalty shootouts

Speaking about yesterday’s final on TalkSPORT, O’Hara said: “There’s certain keepers in penalty shootouts that you just look at and think, I want him in goal.

“Pickford’s a great penalty shot stopper when it goes to penalty shootouts, you want Pickford as your keeper.”

Pickford has been involved in three penalty shootouts while playing for England.

He saved Carlos Bacca’s effort to help England win their first ever penalty contest at a World Cup against Colombia in 2018.

Pickford then scored against Switzerland in England’s Nations League shootout against Switzerland a year later.

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However, he couldn’t prevent Italy breaking English hearts in the final of the European Championships last year.

He had a good tournament in Qatar, and certainly impressed some of his teammates in training.

Paul Merson criticised him for his role in France’s first goal in the quarter-finals, however he still managed to keep three clean sheets.

The Everton stopper is likely to be England’s number one for some time to come.

He’ll be hoping he can be the hero in another penalty shootout if called upon again.

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