Carlo Ancelotti explains decision to leave out Jordan Pickford vs Newcastle

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Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has this afternoon opened up on the reasoning behind his decision to drop Jordan Pickford for his side’s meeting with Newcastle United.

Stalemate

The Toffees are currently locked in action with Steve Bruce’s men at St. James’ Park.

Everton of course headed into proceedings in search of a bounce-back result, on the back of their first defeat of the campaign last time out.

A visit to Southampton last weekend saw the Blues deservedly downed by 2 goals to nil.

This brought to an end a run of 8 games unbeaten across all competitions, whilst also allowing Merseyside rivals Liverpool to move level with the Toffees atop the Premier League table.

As such, with the champions having since moved 3 points clear at the summit courtesy of victory on Saturday, Everton are no doubt desperate to return to winning ways on Tyneside.

Thus far, though, their efforts have come up short.

An altogether lacklustre affair at St. James’ sees the scoreline locked at 0-0, with the two sides having managed just a shot on target between them.

‘Give him a rest’

As such, for obvious reasons, there have not been too many talking points to focus attentions on when it comes to the action (or lack thereof) at Newcastle thus far.

One major discussion which did arise ahead of kick-off, however, surrounded the situation between the posts for the visitors.

Upon the starting line-ups being unveiled this afternoon, it became clear that Jordan Pickford had been dropped, with Robin Olsen instead opted for by Carlo Ancelotti.

Speaking in his pre-match interview, the Everton boss was therefore inevitably drawn on his decision to switch things up.

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Ancelotti, though, was quick to assure that Pickford’s omission came simply to provide the English international with some much-needed rest, and not as a result of his performances of late (or the difficulties facing the shot-stopper away from the pitch):

‘It is not a technical reason, I just want to give him a rest for this game and to give an opportunity to Olsen, to have minutes.’

‘Jordan will be back for the next game against Manchester United.’

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2 Liverpool FC 6 1 13
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 7 0 13
4 Aston Villa FC 5 7 12
5 Leicester City FC 6 5 12
6 Tottenham Hotspur FC 6 8 11
7 Manchester City FC 6 1 11
8 Leeds United 6 3 10
9 Southampton FC 6 1 10
10 Crystal Palace FC 7 -3 10
11 Chelsea FC 6 4 9
12 Arsenal FC 6 1 9
13 West Ham United FC 6 4 8
14 Newcastle United FC 6 -2 8
15 Manchester United FC 5 -3 7
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 6 -2 5
17 West Bromwich Albion 6 -8 3
18 Burnley FC 5 -6 1
19 Sheffield United FC 7 -7 1
20 Fulham FC 6 -9 1
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Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 6
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 6
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 5
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 5
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 4
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 4
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 4
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 4
Jimenez, Raul Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4
Rodriguez, James Everton FC 3
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