Forget Rooney: This £18m-rated lynchpin has been Everton’s signing of the season so far

The Everton fans have not been overly impressed by their side’s performances this season to say the least, but the form of one of their new signings has been a silver lining in an otherwise uninspiring campaign. 

With only ten fixtures left to play, Everton have very little left to play for this season. Their Premier League survival has been all but secured, but they have no aspirations of claiming silverware in cup competitions to keep their season interesting, much to the disappointment of the resident Toffees propping up our bar.

Due to Everton’s lack of things to play for during the remainder of the season, the supporters have begun to assess their season and identify which of their summer signings stands out as the best of the season, and plenty have labelled Wayne Rooney as the shrewdest acquisition made by the club.

Since arriving on a free transfer from Manchester United last summer, Wayne Rooney has been in inspired form on his return to the club where he shot to fame as a 17-year-old. In 32 appearances for the club Rooney has scored 11 goals and provide 3 assists in all-competitions. Although his return of assists could be a little higher, the supporters have been delighted by his immediate impact.

However, despite Rooney’s form for the club, it’s fair to say that Jordan Pickford has been the signing of the season for the club so far. Since signing from Sunderland in a deal worth £25 million, the 23-year-old has consistently been a reliable presence between the sticks, and his performances should enable him to clinch the England number one shirt at the World Cup this summer.

In the current market, £25 million represents an absolute steal for a player who has both an enormous potential to improve and at least 15 years left remaining in the top-flight.

If Pickford continues to develop at the same exponential rate he has shown since he broke into Sunderland’s first-team in 2016,  then he will undoubtedly be remembered as their signing of the 2017/18 season in years to come.


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