To say you’re resting Jordan Pickford for Newcastle but will reinstate him against Manchester United is odd management by Carlo Ancelotti.
What’s the point? Goalkeepers aren’t for rotating. You select the one who’s best at stopping shots, and that’s that. Now Pickford will come back in from the cold against United, with a lot more focus on how he fares.
The players will then head into the international break after this weekend, with Gareth Southgate announcing his England squad in the coming days.
Jordan Pickford was dropped for Everton’s clash with Newcastle on Sunday afternoon
Pickford will be named in it, but whether he should be near the goal is debatable.
He does not fill me with confidence and I’d prefer to see Nick Pope given another go. He was very assured against Wales in the last break, while Pickford has been in the news for reasons other than good saves lately.
He’s flapped in goal for Everton this season, making a number of errors and not keeping a clean sheet since their opening-day victory at Tottenham. He also ended Virgil van Dijk’s season by clumsily clattering into him and has faced fierce criticism for that.
Now Ancelotti has dropped him after 120 successive Premier League starts. Let’s see Southgate do the same and give Pope the gloves against Ireland.
Nick Pope was very assured against Wales in the last break and deserves another go in goal
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