Former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker Kevin Phillips has defender Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after he was accused of having a problem with his attitude.
The England international was at fault for Diogo Jota’s goal during his side’s 3-0 defeat to Wolves and produced a nervous grin as he almost blundered in Daniel Podence’s effort.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti described his team’s performance as “unacceptable” and was left furious as the Toffees’ European hopes were dealt a blow.
Thoughts on Pickford:
You need to be a bit arrogant as a goalkeeper – more for your own mental state more than anything else.
But, Pickford needs to come down a peg. Not just the ‘laughing’ thing, but in interviews too.
He’s not been good enough to warrant that attitude. pic.twitter.com/TX0r2Kt86V
— The Goalkeeping Blog (@thgkblog) July 12, 2020
This criticism by The Goalkeeping Blog was backed up by the ex-Leeds United forward Noel Whelan, who accused him of believing he can get away with anything that he wants due to his antics both on and off the pitch.
Speaking with Football Insider, Phillips defended Pickford and gave him some words of advice on how to get his doubters on his side.
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“He is a young guy and that reaction is out of embarrassment,” he said.
“He has been around a while but he is still young.
“Unfortunately, when you are an England keeper and you make mistakes, it will be highlighted.
“He is a great keeper. He will make mistakes but the big thing for Jordan now is finding that consistency because there are English keepers around him that could replace him.
Phillips added that he primarily down to Pickford himself to limit his mistakes in order to get his critics off his back.
There is a reason that Pickford is still being selected, and it is known that the 26-year-old is a good shot-stopper.
Phillips is right. If the mistakes are wiped from his game, then he could win over the fans once more. But for the time being, his focus and his concentration must improve.