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The first goalless draw of Euro 2020 showed both sides of Robin Olsen – the good and the bad.

On one hand, the veteran shot-stopper was nigh-on unbeatable between the sticks. A truly world-class save to keep out a point-blank Dani Olmo header set the tone for what was perhaps the finest goalkeeping performance of the tournament so far. 

On the other, while Olsen’s performance looked at times like a scene straight out of Shaolin Soccer, the 31-year-old’s work with the ball at his feet was, well, less impressive.

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The Roma glovesman completed just 21 per cent of his passes in Seville, according to WhoScored, his wayward distribution restricting Sweden’s ability to pose a threat on the counter.  

So while Everton supporters were queuing up to question why the Toffees decided against triggering the £7 million purchase option in Olsen’s contract, there may be an obvious answer to that particular poser.

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Everton fans focus on Olsen’s Euro 2020 heroics

While Jordan Pickford is hardly Neville Southall, Everton’s long-serving number one is one of the Premier League’s very best when it comes to turning defence into attack with a perfectly placed punt upfield. 

In fact, while Olsen completed less than a quarter of his passes against Spain, Pickford’s pass accuracy in England’s 1-0 victory over Croatia was far, far superior – almost 60 per cent.

In the modern game, goalkeepers at the very top level are expected to be not just reliable shot-stoppers but also more-than-useful footballers.

Perhaps that is where Olsen falls short?

Here’s what some Everton fans on Twitter had to say about the situation:

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