February 3, 2023

‘Most Premier League goalkeepers would have saved the shot’ let in by ‘too slow’ Jordan Pickford, recently retired stopper Ben Foster says, after France’s Aurelien Tchouameni beat him from 25 yards

Ben Foster believes Jordan Pickford moved his feet ‘a bit slow’ for Aurelien Tchouameni’s stunning long-range opening goal for France against England in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final.

The former England goalkeeper claims the majority of Premier League goalkeepers would have kept the 25-yard attempt out, also stating that Pickford should have ‘overcompensated’ for the curl on the ball.

Real Madrid midfielder Tchouameni put France ahead in the 17th minute with what appeared to be a brilliant strike, but Foster told his followers on his benfcyclinggk TikTok account that he felt Pickford should do better.

Ben Foster thinks Jordan Pickford should have stopped Aurelien Tchouameni's goal in the 17th minute

Ben Foster thinks Jordan Pickford should have stopped Aurelien Tchouameni’s goal in the 17th minute

Foster thinks Pickford was at fault for the goal

He argued that Jude Bellingham had not distracted Pickford in doing so

Foster argued that Jude Bellingham was not distracting Pickford’s efforts to salvage the strike

“It was about 25 or 26 yards out, Bellingham is about 25 yards from goal and it went through his legs. That has not given Jordan Pickford any right.

“What I think has happened is he just got a little slow moving his feet. I don’t think he’s underestimating that the ball is going to curl that fast, but as a goalkeeper at that level – again, at that level right? – you almost have to overcompensate for that.

“You almost have to dive past the ball, you know what I mean? I think most Premier League goalkeepers make those saves, they really do. I think most Premier League goalkeepers make that save, period.’

The Real Madrid midfielder fired a curling effort from 25 yards into the bottom corner of the England goal

The Everton stopper was later called into action and was able to keep out Olivier Giroud’s scoreless effort with a spectacular dive to the right just before the Frenchman finally scored in the 78th minute.

Pickford had performed well for the Three Lions in Qatar and was also credited for a strong close range save against Senegal in the previous game.

In total, he conceded four goals in the tournament, including two against Iran and two against Les Bleus, seven saves, two claims and finished with a 77.2% average success rate in Qatar from five games.

The former England goalkeeper believes Pickford would admit his mistake on his own accord

He claimed that the goalkeeper should overcompensate for the curl on the ball

Foster went on to state that Pickford would probably accept a foul for the goal of his own accord

But his position is no longer unchallenged among the sticks for Gareth Southgate’s side, with both Aaron Ramsdale and Nick Pope performing at a level – if not sometimes higher – than him for Arsenal and Newcastle respectively.

And Foster doubled down on suggestions that Tchouameni’s strike was flawlessly accurate heading into the bottom corner, arguing that the ball wasn’t even hit that sweetly.

“I don’t think it was!” he claimed. “I don’t think it was drawn, and I don’t think it was right in the corner.

“I think if you show Jordan Pickford to look back at the goal, I think he’ll hold his hands up and say, ‘I think I can do better for that!'”

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