Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has told The Guardian that Jordan Pickford has to improve.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid head coach has said that he has already spoken to the England international goalkeeper.
Ancelotti has admitted that the 26-year-old is not doing well at the moment, but he has said that everyone at Everton has confidence in the former Sunderland goalkeeper’s ability.
Pickford told The Guardian about Pickford: “He’s not doing well. I spoke to him about this yesterday. There is absolutely no problem. For the quality that he has, and he agreed, he has to be better.
“He has to be focused on himself, on his performance, day by day to be better. I’m not so worried because he has quality, he has character, but I have to say to him, and I did say to him, that he has to improve.
“I and everyone else at the club has total confidence in his quality. It is true he can do better and he knows this because he is critical of himself. I hope there is improvement in the next games.”
Need to improve
Pickford is a very good goalkeeper, but the Englishman has made some costly errors in recent times.
The 26-year-old could have done better in the Toffees’ recent defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League.
Pickford is the undisputed first-choice goalkeeper at Everton, but there is no doubt that he needs to improve and step up his game.
Should Everton sign a new goalkeeper?
While Ancelotti seems to have faith in Pickford and rates him highly, perhaps Everton should be looking at signing an established goalkeeper who will push the Englishman next season and beyond and perhaps even dislodge him from the starting lineup.
Perhaps with stiff competition and genuine concern for his place in the team, Pickford will improve and step up his game.