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Profit Players: Jordan Pickford

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Everton supporters have been pretty satisfied in recent times after seeing their side earn a credible draw in their most recent Premier League encounter.

Marco Silva’s men went into their meeting with in-form and unbeaten Chelsea off the back of easing past Brighton 3-1 in their previous league clash, thus giving them much confidence ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge. And the Toffees made the journey back to Merseyside with a deserved point after a 0-0 draw with Maurizio Sarri’s Blues, a result which keeps Silva’s side ninth in the Premier League table.

Thus, there have been many satisfied Evertonians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom were heaping praise on the efforts of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who made a couple of vital saves to preserve the Toffees’ point.

And it was former boss Ronald Koeman, who didn’t always excel in the transfer market, who must take the credit for pulling off a masterstroke in landing the England international for £25.65 million (as per Transfermarkt) back in 2017, a deal which is looking more and more like a bargain.

Ultimately, the 24-year-old earned a big money move to Goodison Park last year after performing brilliantly for lowly Sunderland the season before, what with the shot-stopper keeping four clean sheets and shipping 50 goals in 29 Premier League games for David Moyes’ side.

And while those numbers aren’t exactly ground-breaking, and the Black Cats were indeed relegated come the end of the season, Pickford was a rare bright spark in an otherwise forgettable campaign for the North East giants – if it wasn’t for the 24-year-old, their relegation would have been confirmed a lot sooner.

And Koeman was clearly a fan hence he splashed out £25.65 million on the Englishman’s services in the summer of 2017, and what a decision that has proven to be given Pickford has made the number one jersey his own at Goodison Park, at the same time becoming his country’s number one.

The goalkeeper may have conceded 58 goals in his 38 league games for the Toffees last season, which again aren’t great numbers, but he more than proved his worth with several impressive performances between the sticks – again, like his time at Sunderland, that number would have been a lot higher were it not for the 24-year-old.

And England manager Gareth Southgate backed the Everton shot-stopper to be his number one at this summer’s World Cup, a decision he won’t have regretted given Pickford was outstanding for the Three Lions en route to the last four, including being the hero in their first-ever World Cup penalty shoot-out victory over Colombia in the last 16.

Thus, Pickford has enjoyed quite the rise in the last few years or so, and Everton have certainly been the main beneficiaries of such ascent – it was a move that raised a few eyebrows at the time, given the 24-year-old had only played one season in the Premier League, alongside the relatively hefty transfer fee.

Little over 12 months on though, and it’s proving to not only be a moment of brilliance from Koeman, but also one that is looking more and more like a bargain with every passing day.

Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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