The Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern were delighted to welcome Marco Silva to Goodison Park last week following months of discontent under Sam Allardyce.
Our resident Toffees finally discovered the identity of Allardyce’s replacement last week as the club announced Silva will officially take the reigns at Everton ahead of the new season. The Portuguese manager will be eager to prove himself in the Premier League after an unsuccessful spell with Watford which was tarnished by rumours which linked him with a mid-season move to Goodison before Allardyce was appointed, and Jordan Pickford will undoubtedly be central to his success on Merseyside.
Pickford (valued at £27 million by Transfermarkt) – who is widely expected to be England’s number one this summer – deservedly claimed Everton’s player of the season award during the last campaign, and his performances have attracted interest from Bayern Munich according to reports in The Sun. The report claims that scouts from the Bavarian giants will be watching Pickford closely at the World Cup this summer, so a solid performance on the international stage could result in an official bid being made later in the transfer window.
Interest from outside the club is only natural after the season Pickford has just enjoyed, but Silva should be concerned by Bayern’s interest as the natural lure of Champions League football is likely to appeal to one of England’s rising stars. However, Neuer’s future at Bayern will dictate the extent of Pickford’s interest in a move to the Bundesliga champions as he is unlikely to be content with anything other than regular first-team football at this stage in his career.
Despite this, Silva should guard against complacency as interest from clubs across Europe is likely to emerge if Pickford discovers his best form in Russia. Regardless of the magnitude of the size of the bids which could potentially arrive for his services this summer, Everton should reject all advances and ensure that they keep hold of their club lynchpin, as their dream of qualifying for Europe next season will be left in tatters without him.
At just 24-years-old Pickford has plenty of scope for improvement, so there is no doubt the Everton fans are yet to see the best of him just yet. Following an underwhelming campaign for the club, Silva will be desperate to win over the supporters by mounting a genuine push for the Europa League and restoring a sense of optimism into a club which has been plagued by negativity for the best part of 12 months, but that task will be made almost impossible if he sells Pickford during the transfer window.
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