Carlo Ancelotti has given his backing to under-fire goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford, and dismissed speculation that he is actively looking to sign competition for the England international before the transfer deadline.
Pickford's position at Everton has come under fresh scrutiny in the wake of the goals conceded in the Carabao Cup tie at Fleetwood in midweek. He got caught dallying on an awkward back-pass from Michael Keane and saw his blocked attempted clearance fall to Matt Duffy who scored to make it 2-1 on the night.
Alex Iwobi restored the Toffees' two-goal advantage a minute later but Pickford was criticised in some quarters for not coming to claim a deep cross by Glenn Whelan a few minutes later and for not stopping a overhead kick at point-blank range by Callum Camps that made it 3-2.
Everton ran out comfortable winners by a 5-2 scoreline but Pickford's form has been a prominent feature of the post-match analysis.
"I am not really focused on him, like you [are in the media]," Ancelotti said in his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow's trip to Crystal Palace when asked about his goalkeeper. "He started really well and did a fantastic match against Tottenham.”
"He is a great goalkeeper. He has my total confidence."
There has been talk of Everton buying another goalkeeper this month, with Jasper Cillessen and Sergio Romero among the names mentioned in the press. Indeed, a report in The Times suggested that the club were in contact with the Argentine's representatives but Ancelotti poured cold water on the suggestion, saying:
"We are not looking for this.”
Everton have three goalkeepers on the books who have been involved in the first-team squad this season. As first choice, Pickford has started three of the four games in all competitions and Joao Virginia played in the EFL Cup second round tie against Salford City as Jonas Lössl recovered from a minor back problem.
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1 Posted 25/09/2020 at 18:29:55
2 Posted 25/09/2020 at 18:58:07
The mistakes aren't significant when we're winning 5-2. But they will be against better opposition, where there's only a goal or two in it.
3 Posted 25/09/2020 at 19:06:27
If Carlo doesn't rate him, he will get someone else in. For now, Pickford is all he has, so no need to piss him off.
4 Posted 25/09/2020 at 19:44:54
Having said that, he did say we're not looking to buy a new keeper... so just maybe he does have full confidence in Pickford.
5 Posted 25/09/2020 at 20:04:33
I wouldn't pay much attention to these comments... Carlo knows what he has seen.
6 Posted 25/09/2020 at 20:42:39
7 Posted 25/09/2020 at 21:45:37
As much as Pickford has to take some blame for the goals conceded, I always apportion blame to the team.
Far to many needless backwards passes. The defenders need to deal with it better, to snuff out the danger before it develops.
There's a lack of understanding when to play out from the back and when to stop potential pressure against a team that has closed down and continued to press far higher up the pitch.
4 v 3 worth a pass if space available; 4 v 4 avoid the risk!
8 Posted 25/09/2020 at 21:54:46
9 Posted 25/09/2020 at 22:02:15
How about the jerk who gifted Liverpool a goal at Chelski??
10 Posted 25/09/2020 at 22:02:27
11 Posted 25/09/2020 at 23:22:40
Quite a favourable depiction of events.
12 Posted 25/09/2020 at 23:23:48
13 Posted 25/09/2020 at 23:25:45
14 Posted 25/09/2020 at 23:27:56
He'd only drop it!
15 Posted 26/09/2020 at 02:43:59
I read the comments from big Nev too. Gave me pause for a moment
Then I thought about his coaching career and thought better of it! He's also very big on social support. Which is lovely, but realistically Jordan needs a rocket up his arse!
16 Posted 26/09/2020 at 07:36:11
17 Posted 26/09/2020 at 07:53:51
You have to respect Big Nev's opinion, but I wouldn't be surprised if Jordan takes a career path quite the opposite to him – from professional footballer to bin man.
18 Posted 26/09/2020 at 07:59:33
He has managed change in midfield well. He wasn't long in getting rid of Schneiderlin, but kept working with the rest. They have all accepted their role in his tactical plan. Wonder what will be the story will be with Bolaise?
20 Posted 26/09/2020 at 08:09:14
Carlo is a 'pat on the back' type man-manager who's highly unlikely to slate his own player in public.
There's every chance that Pickford will remain our keeper for the foreseeable future but another error in the next few games and I'd not be at all surprised to see Romero or similar come in.
21 Posted 26/09/2020 at 08:30:57
When the ball comes at them or into the area, it is totally random in terms of intensity and direction and what many mistakenly describe as flapping is the keeper trying to keep all options open on what is obviously a nervous high. As many teams develop this very fast counter-attacking charge, there are many shots now that are just unsaveable.
Remember also that the goalie isn't the only defender and he is often only needed because he has been left vulnerable by defensive mistakes. I believe that Gordon White above hits the nail on the head, Pickford is a great keeper who has a few character faults that he should be able to iron out. I trust the judgement of Carlo, Southall and Southgate.
22 Posted 26/09/2020 at 08:48:10
Let us be honest, Pickford has been no worse than Richarliosn in my opinion. Richarlison missed a bagful away at Spurs, Pickford won us the game with his first-half saves.
As someone once said, "It's a funny old game."
23 Posted 26/09/2020 at 08:51:06
Also, his confidence must be shot as I haven't seen any of this fabled “distribution” of late.
24 Posted 26/09/2020 at 09:27:01
There has to be some balance to the criticism. I thought Carlo's vote of confidence was slightly veiled. We are not ‘really' focused on him he said. Which translates as they are focused on him but not foaming at the mouth like the media tends to.
The fact we are winning games is giving him some breathing space with the manager. If he doesn't iron out his aberrations, he will rapidly lose his manager's trust. When or if that goes, he is finished at Everton.
Pickford is at a crossroads: if he has it in him, he needs to step it up right now. The team in front of him is deserving of a quality, consistent keeper that is an asset, not a weak link.
25 Posted 26/09/2020 at 09:33:53
26 Posted 26/09/2020 at 09:45:09
Don't you mean Refuse Disposal Technician?
27 Posted 26/09/2020 at 09:45:45
Carlo implied that this was the reason for Pickford not hoofing the back pass last week. He first looked for a pass and paid for it. Pickford is Everton through and through and has committed himself to the club consistently. We should try to give the lad some support.
28 Posted 26/09/2020 at 09:51:39
Pickford will only be as good as his defence. When he first joined us, he was a top keeper, good distribution and area management.
Now, the main thing is his concentration and the shite centre-halves we have. We need another defender like Jagielka or Watson to help him.
29 Posted 26/09/2020 at 10:01:09
30 Posted 26/09/2020 at 10:18:32
The first is a backpass which he takes a touch onto his left-foot to clear it and is closed down on his blind side very quickly, then there's a lucky ricochet straight to their player.
The second, the ball is blasted at him from about three yards. It seems like every goal we concede now, everyone points the finger at Pickford and it's bollocks in my opinion.
31 Posted 26/09/2020 at 10:26:34
Carlo speaking well of Davies then replacing him....
There's a great scene in 'Goodfellas' where Henry describes how it is not the way of the mob to let you know that you're about to be 'whacked'.
He says that "They come to you with a smile, with their arm around you" (or words to that effect). As for Pickford? I'm sure that Ancelotti is well versed in 'The Italian way'...
32 Posted 26/09/2020 at 10:40:25
33 Posted 26/09/2020 at 10:42:45
If that's the case, then those that want rid will have to hope he cocks up today or on Wednesday against West Ham because, after the Brighton game, which is a week today, there's only two days left in the window.
34 Posted 26/09/2020 at 10:50:51
35 Posted 26/09/2020 at 10:53:27
I'd really like to get in Romero, even as a more substantial backup, but our squad is so bloated and a centre-back is arguably a bigger priority currently. I expect Pickford to get the rest of the season to improve. Possibly January if his form reverts to last season.
36 Posted 26/09/2020 at 11:40:03
37 Posted 26/09/2020 at 12:16:17
Thinking big and spending money on a new keeper is fine, of course, if we have the money to spend.
Being realistic I doubt we do.
Same goes for centre-half and right-back.
For the time being let's get behind him. He's talented.
38 Posted 26/09/2020 at 13:15:27
39 Posted 27/09/2020 at 11:19:48
40 Posted 28/09/2020 at 02:47:35
I remember that scene in Goodfellas, what a cast, what a movie. How Scorsese never got nominated for that film, I'll never know.
Anyhow, like you say about the Italian (Roman/Sicilian) way, here's the quote in full for you:
"If you're part of a crew, nobody ever tells you that they're going to kill you. It doesn't happen that way. There weren't any arguments or curses like in the movies. So your murderers come with smiles. They come as your friends, the people who have cared for you all of your life, and they always seem to come at a time when you're at your weakest and most in need of their help."
Remind you of anybody? I wonder if Pickford is a 'morto che cammina', or does he actually have Carletto's confidence?
41 Posted 28/09/2020 at 05:14:08
Wot, there isn't one... what movie was that in, "The Man Who Never Was"?
42 Posted 28/09/2020 at 06:04:51
43 Posted 28/09/2020 at 07:34:39
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