Former Everton star Marcus Bent has raised doubts over Jordan Pickford’s future at the club despite his impressive displays at Euro 2020.
The goalkeeper was in excellent form for the Three Lions at the competition as they reached the final, conceding just two goals – a direct free-kick and a tap-in after a goalmouth scramble – and giving everything to ensure that England did not lose the penalty shootout to Italy in the showpiece, although he ultimately came up short.
Still, Pickford has sometimes struggled at Goodison Park, as last season he made a total of 31 appearances in the Premier League and conceded 39 goals, keeping 10 clean sheets.
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Bent subsequently thinks that new manager Rafael Benitez may decide that he does not want to make Pickford his first-choice, and could potentially look to bring in a new goalkeeper this summer.
Speaking exclusively to This Is Futbol, Bent, who was with the Toffees between 2004 and 2006, said: “Who knows? Rafa might not fancy him, he might want to bring someone else in.
“He is England number one and he is a good goalkeeper, so I think he’ll come back. I think he’s done well, he’s commanded his box, he’s enforced his presence and I think he’s slowly getting that confidence back so that’ll be good for the club.”