Jordan Pickford Receives Memo On His Weak Points

Jordan Pickford Receives Memo On His Weak Points

England’s goalkeeping coach has informed Jordan Pickford that he can improve the technical details of his game in order to emerge from a difficult period of form.

Martyn Margetson, who has been working with Pickford this week, insists concentration will help the 26-year-old emerge from this slump.

Gareth Southgate reiterated that the Everton shot-stopper is still his No 1  despite some erratic displays.

And Margetson highlighted a save Pickford made to deny Dele Alli in Everton's league opener at Tottenham and said during a show on Sky Sports recently that the player was making life difficult for himself.

“If you look at his final set position, he's got virtually a 90-degree knee bend, which then makes his hands too low,” Margetson told Sky Sports.

“… Your hand position is absolutely key to your success. They're the quickest things that can react and if your hands are too low… like in this instance, (when) the ball is struck above Jordan's head.

“If he starts with his hands a bit higher, then that save becomes easier.

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“When you get to Pickford's level, that type of detail, your final set position when attackers make ball contact are the choices as a goalkeeper that win you and lose you games.”

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Efe Bridget is a writer at GoalBall. She is a graduate of Mass Communication with 12 years of experience working with reputable publications.