Legendary Everton goalkeeper, Neville Southall, has told Jordan Pickford he has to accept some criticism.
The Everton stopper has come under fire in recent months thanks to a number of mistakes. The latest error from the England number one came last weekend as he fumbled the ball over the line against Crystal Palace.
Pickford was singled out by some pundits, including Gary Neville. That caused a reaction from the Everton man, who claimed it was hard to take at times.
However, Southall, who was a legend for the Toffees in the 80s and 90s, has said that Pickford should concentrate on his game and try and ignore the majority of criticism.
“If it was someone like Peter Schmeichel criticising you you’d perhaps think ‘fair enough’ but I wouldn’t lose any sleep over the others,” Southall said. (Liverpool Echo)
“The criticism just goes with the job, doesn’t it? The best way for a goalkeeper to answer anyone is to play well, that’s it. You don’t have to say anything, you don’t have to do anything else. Just go and do your job.”
Southall is clearly defending Pickford here. But there is also an undertone to his comments which suggest that Pickford needs to not rise to such media criticism.
Indeed, Southall went on to challenge Pickford to make a decision on how he moves forward.
“Jordan has got a choice to make. He either moans about it or gets on and changes it because you can change people’s opinions with your performances,” Southall added.
Wise words from a legend – TBR View
This might be just what Jordan Pickford needs to hear, in all honesty.
He did seem to cut a frustrated figure with his comments last weekend. But he can’t, as Southall says, let things bother him too much.
Ultimately, he is a goalkeeper in a high-profile Premier League team. If you make a mistake, you’re going to come in for scrutiny.
Southall is right here. Pickford needs to get on with his game and prove he is England’s number one for a reason.