Marco Silva was confronted with a number of key issues ahead of Chelsea visit on Sunday. The Portuguese manager is under serious pressure due to a terrible run of form. Everton is need of any sort of revival.
The Toffees suffered a dismal collapse to Newcastle United last week, giving away a 2-0 lead. Jordan Pickford might have saved a penalty in the first half, but was culpable for a lot of the errors at St James’ Park.
He gave away the spot kick himself and made a handful of clangers in the second half that paved for the hosts to take advantage and eventually secured all three points. The Englishman’s drama is often sight.
Pickford conceded one hundred goals since moving to Merseyside. Paired with his 55% passing accuracy this year, it doesn’t make good reading. But the most alarming statistic is something different.
Pickford has now made more errors (4) leading to a goal than any other player in the Premier League this term. He made three last term. Likewise his last at Sunderland. That’s a total of 10 errors leading directly to goals in the space of three seasons.
Pickford has become subject of plenty of criticism from pundits and Everton fans alike. And while his manager was charged for violent conduct against the Magpies, the Portuguese believes the England no 1 isn’t emotionally stable.
“We knew before the match, he knew also when he played there at Newcastle, that the atmosphere is always not the same to him. I remember when he played here at home against Newcastle what the fans of Newcastle tried to do with him and he answered well.
“I understand everything that people are saying about Jordan. Jordan has all my confidence, like Maarten [Stekelenburg] and João Virginia, our goalkeepers. What I want in Jordan is to keep working in the same way with the same desire, improving what we have to improve with him, with more emotional balance in some moments if he can.”
Indeed, Pickford isn’t just emotionally unstable but erratic. He is easily distracted and far too passionate. His enthusiasm transforms into ego. Jordan’s pride and temper issues have caused him problems in the past, as he has been booked frequently for dissent.