Everton keeper Jordan Pickford has been a disaster this season, and its now in the clubs best interests to sign competition in order to inspire improvement.
Pickford arrived at Goodison Park in 2017 in a deal worth upwards of £30 million – making him the most expensive British goalkeeper in history (BBC Sport).
“It is a great club, a massive club and it is a great opportunity,” he told Everton’s official site.
The England international had excelled during the 2016/17 campaign demonstrating a range of prominent skills, including cat-like agility and pinpoint distribution, albeit in a relegated Sunderland side, and expectations for him to continue his form in the new term were predictably high.
Goodison Park had rarely had much luck with keepers; the likes of Tim Howard, Martin Stekelenburg and Joel Robles all disappointing in their own way.
And things have rarely looked like improving under their new man.
Pickford’s frantic performance against Newcastle United pretty much summed up everything wrong with his current season.
Some fairly decent saves were all but forgotten when Pickford speared forward Solomon Rondon inside his box in a bizarre act of rugby-style petulance.
He subsequently saved the penalty, but that is hardly the point. It was stupid. But Pickford can get away with stupid; there are no viable options on the bench – no one to challenge him, nor to force performances and keep him on his toes.
Everton need to find competition, and Nick Pope could be that man.
According to The Sun, the former Charlton man is set to become made available after falling down the pecking order at his current club Burnley behind Joe Hart and Tom Heaton.
Pope genuinely would not be much of a step down from Pickford’s recent form, and as far as we are concerned any competition is healthy.
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