Everton manager Marco Silva has come out in defence of his under-fire goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
The former Sunderland stopper has not had a good season in 2018/19 following his heroics at last summer’s World Cup.
Pickford had a hard time against Newcastle United last weekend, making a couple of big mistakes.
His form has a section of the Toffees support worried, but Silva seemingly isn’t about to drop the England number one just yet.
He said (quoted by Press Association Sport): “I’m the first one here and my players are always behind me because I’m the first one to take all the responsibilities of what my players are doing on the pitch.
“I understand everything that people are saying about Jordan. Jordan has all my confidence, like Maarten (Stekelenburg) and Joao Virginia, our goalkeepers. What I want in Jordan is to keep working in the same way with the same desire, improving what we have to improve with him, with more emotional balance in some moments if he can do.”
Silva’s show of faith will surely be appreciated by Pickford, but one has to wonder if it is for the good of the team right now.
Alarmingly for Everton fans, Pickford has actually made the most errors (4) leading to goals out of any Premier League player this season, according to talkSPORT.
That total puts him ahead of Sol Bamba, Asmir Begovic, Martin Dubravka and Bernd Leno, who have all made three each.
The £30m signing (The Daily Mail) appears to get caught up in the cut and thrust of high stakes football sometimes, but remains a top class goalkeeper when in the zone.
His patchy form hasn’t prevented him from making the latest England squad, and Gareth Southgate has backed him to come good.
He said (quoted by Press Association Sport): “But if I look at what he’s done with us, and when you’re picking your squad there has to be an element of what they are doing with their club and an element of what they’re doing and have done with us – his performances with us have been excellent.”