It was obvious that Jordan Pickford got too involved with the Newcastle fans on Saturday in Newcastle’s 3-2 win and his concentration was not what it should have been.
He misjudged a cross in the first half, and then rugby tackled Rondon to keep him from shooting.
That should have been a red card, but the referee Lee Mason didn’t even book him for it, but he did give a penalty that the goalkeeper saved with his feet.
Alan Shearer in his column today in the Sun has rightly blasted the England goalkeeper for what was an inadequate and unprofessional performance from him last Saturday.
Jordan Pickford rugby tackles Rondon in the box
This is some of what Shearer wrote in his Sun column today:
“I was at Newcastle to watch a very strange performance from England keeper Jordan Pickford. In fact, it was stupid at times.”
“He should have been sent off for his rugby tackle on Salomon Rondon and I’m still not sure why he wasn’t.”
But he simply got carried away and involved in things he shouldn’t have been. He let the crowd and occasion get to him.”
It’s a ridiculous and bizarre way of behaving when he should be focusing on keeping the ball out.”
“I’m worried for him England wise now. He was outstanding at the World Cup in Russia and should be making the shirt his.”
“But even basic saves he tries to make look spectacular. Everything seems to be an issue.”
“He is not a kid anymore. There comes a time when you’ve got to do the simple things right.”
Alan’s right there – I was a goalkeeper back in the day, and concentration is all important; otherwise, mistakes creep into your game.
You couldn’t accuse Pickford of concentrating 100% on Saturday with the Newcastle fans getting the better of him.
It’s a flaw in the way the former Sunderland player is performing these days – he must concentrate 100% all the time – and not act the clown.