Jordan Pickford’s career has seriously stagnated since his heroics at the 2018 World Cup with England.
Out in Russia, the Everton ‘keeper was one of the key men in the Three Lions’ run to the semi-final, famously saving Carlos Bacca’s penalty in the last-16 shootout versus Colombia.
Pickford also pulled off some seriously impressive saves in the 2-0 victory over Sweden in the quarter-final.
But life in the Premier League has been difficult for the shot-stopper in recent times. Errors have become all too regular and Pickford’s quality was once again called into question on Sunday afternoon.
The Englishman’s attempt at saving Bruno Fernandes’ long-range goal was pathetic at best and many are calling for Pickford to be dropped ahead of Euro 2020.
If Gareth Southgate is a firm believer in the statistics produced by WhoScored, then Pickford may struggle to make the squad for the tournament at this rate.
According to the stats website, the Everton shot-stopper is the lowest rated player (6.32) in the Premier League this season – only counting those who have made 15+ appearances.
His rating of just 3.73 against Liverpool earlier in the season is also the lowest single-game rating from any player in the division in 2019/20.
Sheffield United’s Dean Henderson (6.70) and Burnley’s Nick Pope (6.74) – Pickford’s main competitors ahead of Euro 2020 – both boast significantly higher ratings for the season.
Ben Foster (6.57) is also outperforming the Everton man and it seems implausible at this moment in time to consider Pickford as England’s number one going into a major tournament.
The highest-rated England player at the time of writing on WhoScored is Borussia Dortmund starlet Jadon Sancho, with the teenager possessing a muscular rating of 7.94.
Second is Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish (7.39), with James Maddison (7.34) in third.
If the stats are anything to go by – and they usually are – Southgate has some serious thinking to do ahead of the summer’s action.
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