Olsen has had a small injury problem

Monday, 7 December, 2020 8comments  |  Jump to last

Robin Olsen's absence from the bench for the last two Premier League games has been explained by Carlo Ancelotti.

The Swedish international who joined Everton on loan from AS Roma in October is the preferred understudy to Jordan Pickford but was noticeable by his absence from the Everton subs bench for the last two games.

Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Olsen had a small injury problem which explained Jonas Lössl taking his place on the bench. Olsen is now expected to be fit for the visit of Chelsea on Saturday night and will reclaim his place on the Everton bench.


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Brian Wilkinson
1 Posted 07/12/2020 at 16:41:38
Only thing injured was his Moral, when he was told no matter how well he played at Newcastle, Pickford would definitely start the next match.
Mike Gaynes
2 Posted 07/12/2020 at 16:55:33
How do you know that, Brian?

This is a 30-year-old veteran of almost 300 professional games and 42 internationals, not some 21-year-old kid with sensitive feelings. And he's getting a chance to revive his club career (at £1M a season) after failing in Serie A.

Would he rather play than sit? Of course. But is he suffering psychological damage because of a lack of opportunity to be the #1 keeper? I strongly doubt it.

Alan J Thompson
3 Posted 08/12/2020 at 05:52:57
Mike (#2);

We do at least know that it wasn't incurred during a match but this small injury is enough for him to not be available for at least 2 games. Perhaps he is of the opinion that, other than the money, there is little reason to stay at Everton as he will be in the same boat as at his present parent club.

He hasn't been seen behind the sheds having a ciggy with Anthony Gordon, has he?

Darren Hind
4 Posted 08/12/2020 at 06:17:30

I couldn't agree more. Incredibly poor management to put a guy in and tell him he would be back on the bench again for the next game, no matter what.

Steve Shave
5 Posted 08/12/2020 at 07:03:52
Well that clears that up. I hope that the Pickford haters are big enough to stand up and admit he's played well in the last two games. I agree he can be a liability but it's got to the point where our toxic fans blame him for everything, it's ridiculous. He's upped his game recently DESPITE the constant haranguing of his own fans, credit where it's due.
Rob Dolby
6 Posted 08/12/2020 at 14:29:38
Why is it poor management?

The better, younger more saleable asset was rested and assured of his place back. Building his confidence after what seems like a national witch hunt against him. It has worked as Pickford's performances have been good.

The 2nd choice goalie has no doubt been made aware of why he has been brought to the club and was given a taste of first team action. Every prem club seems to have a similar set up with goalies, though ours are mismanaged...do me a favour.

Chris Williams
7 Posted 08/12/2020 at 14:32:48

It also showed Jordan that he was up against a good goalkeeper as well, after that display.

Brian Wilkinson
8 Posted 09/12/2020 at 16:17:03
MIke@ 2 nothing at all about psychological issues, I said it must have knocked his moral, knowing no matter how well he played, he would be benched the next game, you can accept making a change and rotate in the cup, however for a league game, to be told beforehand, you would not be playing the next game was wrong.

Why not wait until after the game, or closer to the next game.

Supposing Carlo had second thoughts after the game and thought he deserves another game, what would that do to Pickford, after already being told he would definitely start the next game.

People have already picked up Kean being double subbed by the interim Manager, may have shot his confidence.

What confidence does it give any player who is told beforehand, that he will definitely not be played the next game.

No matter what the reason was, he was wrong to say Pickford would definitely start the next game.

No one can argue Pickford has upped his game,this is not about Pickford, it is about poor Management.

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