On 15th June 2017, Jordan Pickford signed for Everton on a 5 year contract for a fee of £25m plus add-ons up to £30m making it the third highest fee for any player in that position and also setting a British record for the highest paid goalkeeper.
Coming out of a successful Premier League season for Sunderland, the British international will be more than comfortable filling in, with Maarten Stekelenburg and Joel Robles showing rather unconvincing displays in goal. With Ronald Koeman determined to strengthen the Goodison Park club’s last line of defence, this signing could be exactly what the doctor ordered.
The 23 year old started the last season as an understudy to Vito Mannone. However, after Mannone suffered an injury in the early part of the season, Pickford earned himself a spot in the playing 11. Making 31 appearances in the season he kept 4 clean sheets and made 146 saves which in itself is commendable owing to Sunderland’s second-rate defence.
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In my opinion, Pickford was Sunderland’s player of the season. Truly, the only other contender for this accolade could have been Jermain Defoe but with his on and off presence in the second half of the season, Pickford was Sunderland’s only revelation.
Owing to his good showing, he was named as one of six players shortlisted for the PFA Young Player of the Year award which eventually went to Spurs’ Dele Alli.
Pickford’s brilliance has not been sporadic but a mere routine which could result in him being one of the finest goalkeepers that England has ever produced and surely a good season at Goodison Park could mean that he boards the flight to Russia as England’s first choice keeper when they go to the World Cup in a years’ time.
The signing of Jordan Pickford will surely be met with joy at Goodison Park with hopes that the young keeper brings a sense of stability in the Toffees’ defence with the new season starting in under two months time.
(Statistics : Premier League)