Goalkeeper issues and who solves them?

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Tipp blue

If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.
Pickford is prone to an error and it would appear that Olsen is too. Neither of these should be our long term number 1. So who can realistically be the answer?
Donnarumma will likely be the popular answer but there will be loads of top teams sniffing around so I genuinely see that as unlikely.


Player Valuation: £950k
What's our other keeper like, Virginia? I've only ever seen him in one cup game. I'm not suggesting we now start with him, but can anyone whose seen more games from him say if he's any good or even first team ready?


Player Valuation: £70m
The problem is that for loads of us we judge every keeper against Neville Southall.

Same goes for our young players, we judge them against Wayne Rooney.

I guess that’s just unfair on them really.

All keepers make mistakes.
Pickford just looks like he has one in him every game.
I’m far more confident when he’s not playing and I’m sure our defenders are too. Even with yesterday’s performance, Olsen still starts whether Pickford is fit or not.

We buy new number 1 in the summer, god knows who buys Pickford though.


Player Valuation: £8m
As a former amateur goalie at mickey mouse level, I like to delude myself that I have some insight into the goalkeeping mindset. Ahem.

Anyway, for what it's worth, my take is that a bit of competition is necessary to ruffle a few feathers but that this competition should only go on for a short period during which the acknowledged number one emerges. By the summer, at the latest, Carlo will need to make his mind up and stick with it. Goalkeepers are not like Mason Holgate or Ben Godfrey. They can't be pushed out of one position and compensated by being put into another. They are men apart, the odd men out. They need trust. Either they earn it - and you then stick with them through thick and thin (because every goalkeeper who ever played blunders now and then) - or you replace them permanently. I think Pickford will eventually emerge as our acknowledged and established number one - or he will start a slow descent down the league taking in places like West Ham, Crystal Palace, and Derby.

One thing is already clear. Olsen had his chance and blew it spectacularly. He will get less leeway for two reasons: 1, he is an acknowledged number two as his experience at Roma proved, and 2, he cost buttons. The only question in my mind is whether Pickford has the gumption to mature quickly enough to accept the open goal presented to him yesterday.
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