Everton supporters have been pretty satisfied in the Transfer Tavern during the current international break, having seen their side enter the fortnight’s interruption off the back of just their second away Premier League win of the campaign.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their most recent league clash with Stoke City having managed just one victory in their previous 15 league matches on the road, a run which saw them pick up only eight points along the way. However, the Toffees finally got that second success away from Goodison Park last time out as a Cenk Tosun brace either side of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s equaliser clinched all three points for the Merseysiders, in turn moving them to the 40-point mark and 12 points clear of the division’s bottom three.
Subsequently, there have been many buoyant Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their side can build some momentum between now and the end of the season ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Toffees fans to discuss, not least recent reports linking goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with a surprise move to Atletico Madrid this summer.
And were the Merseysiders to indeed sanction the £18 million-rated (as per Transfermarkt) ace’s departure, it would surely plunge the club into a relegation battle next season.
Ultimately, the 24-year-old has enjoyed a solid debut campaign at Goodison Park following his summer move from Sunderland, with the England international keeping seven clean sheets and shipping 50 goals in 31 Premier League games for the Toffees.
Clearly, those figures are far from ground-breaking, but when one considers how poor the Everton backline his been this season, the 24-year-old has certainly proven his worth, to the point that he appears favourite to don the number one jersey for England at this summer’s World Cup.
In fact, Pickford has helped Allardyce’s side to key wins and points over the course of the campaign such have been his impressive efforts between the sticks, and taking him out of the starting eleven would undoubtedly weaken the Toffees.
And given they are only 12 points clear of the bottom three now, having had the Englishman this term, a relegation battle looms if they succumb to Atletico’s reported advances over the summer.
And with back-up shot-stoppers Joel Robles and Maarten Stekelenburg doing little to convince during their respective spells on Merseyside, there would be plenty to think about for the Everton hierarchy were they to let Pickford leave this summer.
Thus, selling the England international could well plunge Allardyce’s Toffees into a relegation battle next season.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!