Former Everton striker Marcus Bent has exclusively told Football FanCast that the Toffees won’t be looking to replace Jordan Pickford this summer.
The England goalkeeper remains Everton’s first-choice, but has been on the bench a couple of times in the Premier League this season following strong competition from on-loan Roma shot-stopper Robin Olsen, who’s turned out 10 times in all competitions.
Pickford was sidelined with a muscle problem but returned to training ahead of the draw against Brighton, suggesting he could be ready to take his place between the sticks for the visit of Tottenham on Friday.
However, reports believe that Ancelotti is keen on bringing in Napoli’s Alex Meret, which would see the pair reunite following the Italian’s previous spell at the Stadio San Paolo, although only should Everton cash-in on 27-year-old Pickford.
But Bent told Football FanCast that Pickford is the best man for the job at Goodison Park despite his occasional mistake:
“He’s a young boy. He’s done wonders for the team, he’s England number one.
“He’s made mistakes, but all keepers make mistakes. But he always bounces back because he’s strong, he’s mentally strong.
“I don’t think changing him will change anything. Maybe getting in a number two to help him improve on and off the pitch, but he’s still growing. I think he’ll still do really well next season.”
But does Bent think that Pickford still has Ancelotti’s trust despite his errors?
“I think so, I don’t know so, but I think so,” he added. “Being in football and around football I think he’s a big part of the side. I don’t think we’ve got a goalkeeper in there that can replace him.
“I don’t think there’s anyone better than him. You’d kick yourself if someone came in and made mistakes. His place is secure.”