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Alan Shearer Nails This Player For A Ridiculous Display

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.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2019 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #1

    Considering the club’s money paid for Almiron and shirt sales go straight to rots direct, it’ll be a long time before he pays for himself.

  • lochinvar

    Mar 11, 2019 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Didn’t the ref agree with Pickford’s own clim that he was playing the ball ?
    Take a look at the photo and put an X where you think the ball is and send your entry to the FA.
    Even in rugby that was a straight red

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 11, 2019 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Jail, fair points. I guess I was using the shirt sales as an example of an increased commercial potential brought by the signing of Almiron and the interest in that from the North American market. There will be subscriptions to NUFC TV, stadium tours, merchandise sales and other things which will variously benefit Mike Ashley and NUFC to different levels.

    Besides, we’re a very specific example, I was suggesting other clubs may be more interested in signing the big stars of the MLS when they realise there is a big commercial upside, which could potentially be leveraged better by those clubs than by NUFC, given our unique commercial situation.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 11, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Just read that in our previous 40 wins, Perez has scored the match winning goal in 10 of them.

    And, 6 more goals he will be our 4th top scorer in the premier league era.

    Currently is the 8th top scorer in our history in premier league era.

  • Bambams

    Mar 11, 2019 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #5


    Haven’t caught up with the craic, but in relation to the States I suggested a tour in the summer as part of preparing for the season start.

    I see we have agreed a tournament in the Far East I think, this should also benefit ‘The Club’ but we should be trying to exploit our new following (and growing) over the pond.

    Just my opinion but I do get it Ash benefits probably more than NUFC does these days.

  • Bambams

    Mar 11, 2019 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #6


    Didn’t expect that fella ! Never thought for a minute he has scored so many to be our 4th top scorer in prem.

    Just shows you, well showed me !

  • Geordie-john

    Mar 11, 2019 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #7

    The FA should now step in and review Prickfords actions at Newcastle on Saturday. The situation over the weekend was bad enough without this idiot trying to stir up the Geordie supporters.
    He should have been sent off for his rugby tackle on Rondon, How the referee and linesman missed that is beyond me.

  • Bambams

    Mar 11, 2019 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #8


    Where you getting the figures from fella ?

    Off the top of my head I can think of at least 10 above him with more goals.

    Am I reading you correctly mate ?

  • Bambams

    Mar 11, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #9


    Just googled and this is what I found.

    Alan Shearer 148 goals
    Peter Beardsley 47
    Shola Ameobi 43
    Andrew Cole 43
    Les Ferdinand 41
    Papiss Cissé 37
    Nolberto Solano 37
    Rob Lee 34
    Demba Ba 29
    Gary Speed 29
    Obafemi Martins 28
    Craig Bellamy 27
    Ayoze Pérez 27 goals

  • posada

    Mar 11, 2019 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #10

    When Pickford makes a blunder he can’t stop himself from fouling the opponent.
    He acts on impulse.
    An instant re-action he has no control over.
    Good for shot stopping.
    Not good for positioning or decision making.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 11, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #12

    bambams, can you imagine if we managed to swing a match with Real Madrid in Atlanta? The local Hispanic population would have a serious problem knowing who to follow, but it would be all over the media and make both clubs a fortune.

    Not that money should be the prime consideration in pre-season, but it does help…

  • posada

    Mar 11, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Where did Almiron play for Atlanta.
    No 10 type role ?
    Well, that’s Perez at the moment.
    Where will he play in a 4/2/3/1.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 11, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Yeah a few sources on Twitter but also https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/how-ayoze-perez-brink-joining-15950964

    Currently on 27 premier league goals, 42 goals in total. So basically 8 until the big 50 for us and 6 more until he is our 4 highest goal scorer in premier league era.

    That’s the key, premier league era, as obviously football didn’t exist before that 😉

    I think it’s a testament to him but also doesn’t look great on ourselves that we haven’t had many goal scorers that stayed long enough to score more.

    In reflection though, he’s only really played out and out striker in his first season. He’s onto building a great reputation for himself at this club.

  • Jib

    Mar 11, 2019 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Name your 10 fella
    and I’ll shoot them down one by one

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 11, 2019 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Ál shud just have said he’s a mackem tool 🙂


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