Carlo Ancelotti admits he HASN’T DECIDED whether Jordan Pickford will start in goal for Everton on Saturday against Newcastle… after England No 1’s error in midweek draw versus Leicester
- Jordan Pickford’s error in midweek cost Everton all three points versus Leicester
- Carlo Ancelotti has previously played back-up Robin Olsen instead this season
- The Everton boss remained tight-lipped when pressed at his press conference
- The Toffees host out-of-form Newcastle United on Saturday at Goodison Park
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti refused to say whether Jordan Pickford would start against Newcastle after his error in midweek.
The England number one was at fault for Leicester’s equaliser in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw, pushing a Youri Tielemans’ shot into the net.
Ancelotti has occasionally rotated his goalkeepers this season – coincidentally Pickford was left out for the trip to St James’ Park in November, with summer loan signing Robin Olsen preferred – but did not want to disclose who would play at Goodison Park this weekend.
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti refused to say whether Jordan Pickford would start this week
Pickford was at fault for Leicester’s equaliser and it ultimately cost his side all three points
Asked whether Pickford would start, the Italian said: ‘I don’t know. I have to think about this.
‘I am not in the habit of giving the line-up during the press conference.
‘He did a mistake and I think that we can say this, but this doesn’t change for me or his team-mates the confidence we have.
Everton’s No 2 Robin Olsen has previously played instead of Pickford in the Premier League
‘He did fantastic saves in the past and if the team is solid it is solid because Pickford was better than in the period before.
‘There is absolutely no problem or doubt in his quality or his motivation.’
Everton, currently in seventh, can jump to fifth with three points against out-of-form Newcastle at Goodison Park in the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday.
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