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Pickford in goal for £17m

| Friday, 05 May 2017  77 Comments  [Jump to last]

Reports are claiming Everton will sign Jordan Pickford from Sunderland for £17.

Pickford has been exempt from criticism in Sunderland's unstoppable decline toward relegation, Ronald Koeman has apparently had the 23-year-old in his sights for some time and is reported to be moving in quiclkly to secure his services, to strengthen this vital area of the current Everton squad.

Given the erratic form of both Stekelenburg and Robles, Pickford can be certain of starting next season as Everton's first choice keeper which will boost his England prospects after breaking into the national squad earlier this season.

With the future of Joe Hart still to be settled, Pickford will be hoping to catch the eye of Gareth Southgate and push his claims to be first-choice keeper for the World Cup in Russia next Summer.

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Steve Bell
1 Posted 05/05/2017 at 10:20:26
Pickford for keeper, £17m...
Gareth Clark
2 Posted 05/05/2017 at 10:31:03
Steve (#1)

I think he'd be a great option too – there are plenty out there!

Pickford, Butland, Schmeichel, Forster, Hart – or a Walsh special... I'm easy.

Sam Hoare
3 Posted 05/05/2017 at 10:36:57
Hmmm. Pickford for £17m? Let the inflated Premier League transfer prices begin!!

We need a really top drawer keeper. I'm not convinced that Pickford is necessarily that. Perhaps he could be. Think most of us would pick Butland but can imagine Stoke wanting something obscene like £30m for him despite his injuries.

Quite a few good young keepers on the continent. Bernd Leno, Timo Horn, Mattia Perrin, Rulli. Maybe even Onana at Ajax.

Andrew Ellams
4 Posted 05/05/2017 at 10:42:08
In regards to 'keepers, we definitely need a top drawer No 1 but also John Ruddy is available on a free this summer. A better option than what have for No 2?
Jim Bennings
5 Posted 05/05/2017 at 10:44:05
I agree Sam

I'm not entirely convinced by Pickford either, every time I've seen Sunderland he's looked a tad wobbly and to me this signing would be more Steve Simonson and Richard Wright than Neville Southall and Nigel Martyn.

Len Hawkins
6 Posted 05/05/2017 at 14:51:32
Onana in goal worries me... we have enough slip-ups in the box without leaving Onana skins for the defenders.
Ian Bennett
7 Posted 05/05/2017 at 16:11:31
I can't say I am too impressed if we sign Pickford. He looks to me like a lad riddled with mistakes.

I'd far rather take Butland and Ruddy, and bomb the other two out. Neither Robles or Stekelenburg convince me that they have a future with a side aiming for top 4.

Derek Knox
8 Posted 05/05/2017 at 17:34:07
From what I have seen of him, he is certainly better than El Teflon, by a significant margin.

Seems a lot for a goalkeeper, who until this season, no-one, apart from Sunderland fans had probably heard of him.

I trust they have done their homework on him, and we certainly need a reliable man between the sticks.

Chris James
9 Posted 05/05/2017 at 17:38:04
Seems like a lot of money and I'd have preferred Butland on balance, but he's looked very good and obviously we need to leap in quick and get business done and keeper is a position to fill.
Si Turner
10 Posted 05/05/2017 at 17:47:15
Defo an improvement on our goalkeepers.

I would be happy with this signing kicking off our summer spending given all established keepers of top 4 quality will cost a lot more than £17m.

If we got him and our new centre-back in early, that would allow them to gel in pre-season as well which is massively important if we want to push for top 4 next season.

Colin Glassar
11 Posted 05/05/2017 at 17:48:29
For a guy who was constantly under the cosh, he's done extremely well in a piss poor Sunderland side. Butland is another great shout but will he be as agile as he once was?
David Young
12 Posted 05/05/2017 at 17:49:12
£17 million for a future England Goalkeeper... Everton making another statement. I am sure Ron and Steve have done their homework on Pickford.

Don't forget Derek, £11 Mill on Lookman who hasn't played much and not forgetting £13.5 Mill for Naisse.

Ian Hollingworth
13 Posted 05/05/2017 at 17:53:16
We need a top drawer goalie and we certainly do not have one at the moment. Pickford might be the best we can attract at the moment so a thumbs up from me.

We have to make signings of better players than we currently have to progress.

Ross Edwards
14 Posted 05/05/2017 at 18:05:49
Pickford would be a decent option to consider. He's still young, which means he'll only get better. Without him, Sunderland would have gone down a lot earlier than they have done, he's saved them on several occasions this season.
Paul Tran
15 Posted 05/05/2017 at 18:09:47
Good one for me. Has looked consistent in a team that's left him exposed. In his comeback game against us he was good after a rusty start. Butland a good keeper with injury doubts.
Paul Thompson
16 Posted 05/05/2017 at 18:23:27
Make no mistake, we'll face competition for this lad. I think we can nick it as we will be able to offer him first-team football. He's already better than the two we've got, with massive potential to improve.

Some of the above criticism is a little unfair – who wouldn't wobble occasionally in front of that defence? He's a brilliant shot stopper and though he sometimes gets his positioning wrong, that is down largely to experience. Really hope we get him.

Gareth Clark
17 Posted 05/05/2017 at 18:26:47
Sell the two we have & get him & Butland in!

Fight it out for first choice - and the other is cup & European keeper.

Plenty of games to go around.

Ray Roche
18 Posted 05/05/2017 at 18:28:09
Ruddy is being released by Norwich for a reason. He's not good enough for them. Robles, despite the odd mistake, is a better bet as a number 2 keeper.

Give Forster a wide birth; Saints fans want him out of their club.

Jeff Armstrong
19 Posted 05/05/2017 at 18:31:30
Anyone going on about Butland, Hart etc, forget it, they're around the £30 million mark. £17mill for Pickford is a good price, he is an excellent keeper, 23, and he's had lots and lots of practice in goal for Blunderland.

Forget his jittery performance at Goodson earlier this season, that was his first appearance for months. This lad is far and away better than what we have, and I'd take him over Hart (30) any day... even at the same fee!

Mick Davies
20 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:06:58
I'd love to see Moyes's face if this happens...
Jeff Armstrong
21 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:09:25
Ray, I agree about Forster, he's just not very good. I think even our 2 edge him out. I bet if you asked a Saints fan, his choice would be Robles above Forster, with a toss-up between Stekelenburg and Forster... honestly he's average at best.
John Pierce
22 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:10:56
Too young, not quite ready imo. I'd rather see Everton cough up the spare change for Defoe. He still has England aspirations, we can offer him regular game time – especially in the Europa League and League Cup. Keeps his profile high.

Goalkeeper has to be in the 25- to 28-year-old range Ronko was alluding too.

Jeff Armstrong
23 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:12:10
Moyes will go for Ruddy, just to complete his ex-Blues 2006 squad. He'll probably finish top 6... unfortunately, it will be in The Championship!
Colin Glassar
24 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:21:45
Mick, as ginger would say, "David Moyes doesn't do face".
Jay Harris
25 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:22:11
I would much rather Smeichel or Butland personally. I have seen too many errors out of this guy.
Sam Hoare
26 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:28:45
Big difference between being a good shot stopper in a poor team that's often on the back foot and making the right decisions in a good team where you might have little to do for 70 minutes and then be called upon to make a save.

This lad has done alright as a shot stopper in the way that David Marshall did a few years ago for Cardiff but not showed he can be solid and error free over 90 minutes for a better team...

Alastair Donaldson
27 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:29:25
Keep Robles as no2, but definitely agree we need a top no.1.

Thought goalies have been comparatively good value over the years, seems I was wrong looking at the top10 all time... Buffon £48m the record..wow..

Think we'll need to part with around 20m for Butland, Hart or Forster, Pickford a little less currently.

Personally I would like Forster... the biggest of the lot and a very solid choice. Despite a well publisized recent miskick, he's not bad on the ball either - a part of the game for sure but I would prefer excellent handling skills!

Colin Gee
28 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:31:29
Not sure about the lad Pickford, not seen enough of him to say yes or no.
I would however have Joe Hart or the lad from Stoke, Jack Butland before him. I would however take one player from Sunderland without question, that being Jermaine Defoe.
Even if Rom stays next season, he can't play every game and as we are in Europe we are going to need a bigger squad. Defoe would be ideal for Europe.
Kristian Boyce
29 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:36:30
I don't think Pickford is ready to be a top 4 keeper, which is what we need if we want to be a top 4 team. Relegation team keepers always look good as are busier that a regular keeper. Robles looked good at Wigan, again in a terrible relagated team. Pickford's situation reminds me a bit of Paul Gerrard. Touted as the next big thing from his stunning performances for an awful Oldham team and making the England U21 number one position his own. He gets the big move to us and never lived up to the hype.

I'd have Pickford as a number 2 with our number 1 being an established international keeper. The problem with this is that it's going to cost a huge amount to get both of them into the club.

Don Alexander
30 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:45:19
He's the same age now as Nev was when we signed him, more or less a complete unknown, no top division experience at all, and look what happened! Here's hoping.
David Chait
31 Posted 05/05/2017 at 20:00:34
I haven't seen enough to be excited but no doubt the scouts have a hefty dossier on the lad.. will have to trust the club on this one if true
Mike Berry
32 Posted 05/05/2017 at 20:01:07
Not sure about Pickford, obviously being just 23 he has enormous potential, as he gets better so his stock, availability and price will go up, so maybe now is the time.
Also I think we should still keep Robles he is only 26 and I still believe he could be a great keeper, he has all the size and agility, he just needs to sharpen his concentration.
Whether he will reestablish himself as the No 1 time will tell.
Another I would throw into the hat is Matthew Ryan, the socceroo, currently on loan at Valencia but out of favour due to their shambolic management. Some may argue that a tad over 6ft he is not the tallest but his is strong, tough, agile and has excellent distribution.
Alexander O'Brien
33 Posted 05/05/2017 at 20:25:09
A stand out performer in a rather awful Sunderland side so it's a thumbs up for me. Has made some quite outstanding saves and will only improve with age so a worthwhile investment in my eyes. Ruddy's nowhere near good enough and the likes of Hart/Butland commanding ridiculous fees, I honestly don't see a better option out there who knows the league and could go straight into the team.
Ian Burns
34 Posted 05/05/2017 at 20:27:10
I have no problem if we took Pickford on board but personally I think Schmeichel as he bosses his area, something we desperately need but for me the best pick if possible would be Tom Heaton at Burnley.
Raymond Fox
35 Posted 05/05/2017 at 20:47:47
The grass is always greener elsewhere...

How long will it be before any replacement for Robles (our No 1 for me) will be getting slated on here. They all make mistakes, we just don't see all of the games that the keepers mentioned played in, unlike our keepers.

Kenny Smith
36 Posted 05/05/2017 at 21:31:40
I'm not convinced by Pickford and –17m sounds a lot... but is it? It's important we get this right cos there's going to be a shortage of top quality keepers around and we'll have to pay over the odds no doubt.

Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool (who won't admit it but they need one) and Leicester will all be searching for a top keeper as well. And in all honesty, who is there realistically we can get?

Pickford, Hart, Forster or Butland... then you have to start looking abroad and you may end up with a Karius. I'd pay whatever it takes and go all out for Butland.

Joseph Terrence
37 Posted 05/05/2017 at 21:48:11
The link provided has its source of Gianluca Di Marzio, who has a less than stellar record reporting "completed" transfer dealings. However, I would welcome the news if true as Pickford is an improvement on both Stekelenburg and Joel.

James Marshall
38 Posted 05/05/2017 at 22:16:47
Is he an improvement? Have any of you watched him week in week out and picked apart his every move, save, or mistake?

He's young, and looks decent but he had a lot to do playing behind that shitty Sunderland defence and that often makes keepers look good as they HAVE to make a lot of saves all season!

Terry White
39 Posted 05/05/2017 at 22:18:20
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Hennessy. He's big, always plays well against us and would cost us a lot less than Schmeichel (flashy), Butland (injury prone), or Hart. But probably more than Ruddy!
Gordon Crawford
40 Posted 05/05/2017 at 22:19:44
£17 million for Pick 'N Mix that's crazy. Pay no more than £3.50
Fran Mitchell
41 Posted 05/05/2017 at 22:28:05
Not worried about the price, but How often have 'top' keepers at lower level teams been found out when they make the move?

There is no pressure at Sunderland, if they concede (when) the blame is with every other player, they are expected to concede. Also, he is prepped to take on 20 shots per game, so always ready for the occasional excellent saves which he gets praised for. But at a big team, where every mistake is scrutinised and Focus is needed to be kept when not under constant pressure.

He may well be a top keeper, but maybe not. One of those that is a toss of a coin.

Kunal Desai
42 Posted 05/05/2017 at 23:00:50
As Sam stated above Bernd Leno or Tomo Horn for me. Although age is on his side he's not a top class goalkeeper at present. I think we should be looking at a proven keeper which will cost more than £17 million.
Brian Wilkinson
43 Posted 05/05/2017 at 00:56:23
Should have done a Moyes special and stuck in a £17 million combined bid for Pickford and Kone and while we are at it take Defoe on a free.
Anthony Dwyer
44 Posted 06/05/2017 at 01:31:24
I'm not a fan of Pickford tbh, think he's going to be a dud aka Stevie Simonsen.

If we do sign him, though, I really hope he goes on to prove me wrong as there seems plenty of decent keepers about at the present time.

Vijay Nair
45 Posted 06/05/2017 at 03:51:44
I like Pickford... lots of potential there.. .but I would keep Stekelenburg as No 2 instead of Robles. Maarten is solid enough as No 2 and seems to be happy as just that.

Joel Robles, on the other hand, does not seem to be getting any better. Bring Ruddy back as further backup if required.

Bill Gienapp
46 Posted 06/05/2017 at 05:15:46
Raymond (35) is spot-on.

People have been carping for a new #1 all season. And here we are, potentially landing one of the better young keepers in England, for good value, and, best of all, getting the deal done QUICKLY (knock on wood) and still people complain. Man alive.

For the record, Stek seems the more likely to stick around as the #2. Robles seems to have genuine affection for the club, but if it becomes clear he doesn't have a future under Koeman, I imagine he'll be looking to move on.

Mike Gaynes
47 Posted 06/05/2017 at 07:13:43
Noting that I'm generally biased against young keepers (I think going for the top four requires an experienced #1), I want to nominate a name that has never been mentioned here.

David Stockdale. Phenomenal season at Brighton. 20 clean sheets, giving up way less than a goal a game. His contract talks with BHA are in trouble. Chelsea rumoured to be in for him. Comments?

Pickford for me is a terrific talent, but I think it's crazy to trust our top-4 hopes to a kid with just 27 starts in the Prem.

Ray #18, agree. Ruddy is done... lost his #1 jersey to McGovern, who isn't exactly brilliant, and then was dumped by Norwich.

Ian #34, agree Heaton is definitely better than Forster, but not top quality IMO. My objection to Schmeichel is that he DOESN'T boss his area. Does a great job of bossing his defenders, but at only 6'1" he cannot compete in the air and generally doesn't try, tending to stay on his line. We all agree we need a keeper who can reach crosses.

Terry #39, Hennessey is a big, slow keeper. Not quick off the mark at all. No thanks.

Butland I haven't seen enough of to have an opinion.

Eric Myles
48 Posted 06/05/2017 at 08:40:37
Ray #18' "Ruddy is being released by Norwich for a reason. He's not good enough for them."

The same reason he was released by us in the first place.

Eric Myles
49 Posted 06/05/2017 at 08:43:12
I remember last season Newcastle's third choice goalie came into their team and performed really well. Could be a useful back-up if he's continued developing, and possible cheap too.
Stephen Brown
50 Posted 06/05/2017 at 08:56:05
There must surely be better value in Italy or Germany for £17m?

All the keepers on this thread are hardly world beaters imho!

Anthony Dwyer
51 Posted 06/05/2017 at 09:00:58
Tough to judge Pickford in all fairness, he's battered with shots week in week out so if he keeps most out he can look the part.

That said he's young and inexperienced, I'm not sure he commands his box, I'm not sure he can boss a defence and I'm not sure he's ready to be the main man at a team with aspirations of a top 4 finish.

I suppose time will tell, if both Koeman and Walsh want him we should be happy to go with there better judgement, but they must have watched the games he was involved in other than the one at Goodison as he was more than suspect.

Keepers often split opinions, but Joe Hart has won trophies, he's at an age were he can lead players, and he still has plenty left to give, imo he would be a better fit.

Jon Withey
52 Posted 06/05/2017 at 10:33:25
Butland or Forster inspire more confidence.

But I'm assuming Koeman knows Forster well enough.

Dan Egerton
53 Posted 06/05/2017 at 10:40:17
Of the names mentioned, only Schmeichel and Timo Horn interest me. I'm not convinced by Pickford, but he'd be a solid number 2.

Remember Koeman prefers 3 goal keepers, so it might be that we'll have Pickford, Robles and Stekelenburg for a while. In fantasy land, I'd go for Ter Stegen or De Gea.

Sam Hoare
54 Posted 06/05/2017 at 11:03:02
I know you can't trust stats but... Statistically speaking, I believe Robles is the fourth or fifth best keeper in the Premier League. He's a good shot-stopper and reckon he'd have a great save showreel after a season at the like of Sunderland.

I'm not saying Robles is good enough. I'm just not convinced Pickford is that much better.

Rob Dolby
55 Posted 06/05/2017 at 11:49:41
Begovic for me all day from Chelski. The problem may be that he is on stupid money. Pickford was in the shop window all season as Sunderland's defence was generally poor; not sure he is the real deal.
Mike Allison
56 Posted 06/05/2017 at 11:59:22
Both of our goalkeepers are much better than many here on ToffeeWeb seem to think, and both are better than Pickford. Robles especially is clearly still improving, despite lapses, and is still some way off the age where goalkeepers usually hit their peak.

Unless it's someone exceptional, buying a new first choice keeper could do more harm than good.

Drew O'Neall
57 Posted 06/05/2017 at 13:21:19
Stekelenburg is dogshit and doesn't deserve the loyalty Koeman has shown him.

Pickford isn't a significant upgrade on Robles who would have looked like a world beater himself in Sunderland's team with his shot stopping prowess, this year.

I'd push the boat out for Butland who strikes me as a cut above any of the above – goalkeeper is not a position for experimenting with potential.

John Pierce
58 Posted 06/05/2017 at 13:27:58
At £17m this is simply revenge for selling them Oviedo, and Gibson. Can't blame them.
Tony Hill
59 Posted 06/05/2017 at 16:17:43
He's playing very well today.
Ralph Basnett
60 Posted 06/05/2017 at 19:28:57
Three words says it all: "Can't be arsed".

Fuck off, Everton, you are doing my head in.

Rick Cole
61 Posted 06/05/2017 at 22:33:33
I second Mike's call on Matt Ryan! As a devoted Central Coast Mariners fan, I've seen this guy from a young age, he is quality.

No need to worry about his height, he more then makes up for it with his toughness. The guy is fearless and will command his area with ease, a certain fan favourite if we got hold of him.

Geoff Williams
62 Posted 07/05/2017 at 15:51:10
I don't think it will matter who is in goal if the centre back situation isn't sorted out.
Craig Walker
63 Posted 07/05/2017 at 17:40:00
Have we not tried up-and-coming young 'keepers before? Gerrard, Simonsen, Wright etc. I think we need a proven No 1 like Hart or Schmeichel.
Bill Gall
64 Posted 07/05/2017 at 18:05:35
Talking about goalkeepers, shouldn't Sky Sports headline be, "Forster makes great save to keep Milners penalty out" – instead of showing their bias to their favorites, with a heading of "Milner misses penalty"?
David Booth
65 Posted 07/05/2017 at 18:07:10
Butland all day long for me.

Proven quality.

But would Stoke sell him to us, having beaten us to his signature in the first place?

Pickford a bit of a one season wonder/gamble? Good as second choice, but would he settle for that after becoming number one already at Premier League level?

We definitely need to strengthen here though, as Robles and Stekelenburg are sadly not the answers.

One thing we all know: to do well, you need a top notch keeper. And right now, we haven't got one.

Gavin Johnson
66 Posted 07/05/2017 at 19:50:01
I very much doubt Stoke would sell Butland and apparently he's very settled there, at least according to a Stoke fan I work with.

Butland would be my personal choice followed by Schmeichel, again I'm not sure Leicester would want to do business unless he asked to leave, and would he?! I'm not sure.

Joe Hart and Jordan Pickford are the realistic options. Out of the two, I think I'd go for Pickford. He's a good age at 23 and has done exceptionally well doing a thankless task keeping goal in that awful Sunderland side.

Gary Rowett said Pickford was the best keeper he'd ever seen distributing the ball when he had a loan spell at Burton Albion in League Two. It's well known that Joe Hart isn't strong in this area.

I wasn't 100% sold on Pickford but, after yesterdays performance against Hull, he has my backing to be Everton No.1 next season.

I see Moysie was coming out with the same shite as he did when he heard we were interested in Lamina Kone. In Moyes's dour Glaswegian tone. "I've seen the stories in the papers and the figures are ridiculous. He's worth a lot more than that." Errrm, I'm not sure £17m is a derisory figure for a goalkeeper in his fist season in a relegated side, Davie.

Danny Broderick
67 Posted 08/05/2017 at 00:06:27
On 5 Live on Saturday, they were raving about Pickford. His distribution and shot saving seem to be his strengths. I have not seen that much of him, but I don't recall seeing too many goals conceded by Sunderland where I thought the keeper could have done better.

This lad seems to be a future England international and may be a realistic target for us. I would also be happy with Hart or Schmeichel if we can get them, so hopefully the club will land one of these 3 this summer...

Denis Richardson
68 Posted 08/05/2017 at 12:43:30
Think the £17m needs to be corrected...

Reports suggesting Sunderland want nearer £30m!

Jim Harrison
69 Posted 08/05/2017 at 15:51:49
Sam Hoare, 26, thats what I think. Often keepers at struggling clubs look very good, often because they have had lots of chances to show their shot stopping skills!

Whilst he may turn out to be quality, I think at this stage of our development we should be looking at getting in a quality, proven keeper. A real influence over the players in front of him. Schmiecel would be my choice, but I think he may prove hard to get. Bergovic would be a good option too. Hart would be good, but I have a feeling he could stay in Manchester, just be switching clubs

Gavin Johnson
70 Posted 08/05/2017 at 16:33:20
They've got Bob Hope of getting £30m, Denis. Sunderland pulled this shit when we wanted Kone in the summer. Now he's only worth a fraction of the price we offered. Davie needs to shut up and remember that he wouldn't stand in a players way when a bigger club comes calling.
Gareth Clark
71 Posted 08/05/2017 at 16:57:50
Pickford & Schmeichel in – Schmeichel as Premier League keeper and Pickford taking cup and European games!

Robles and Stekelenburg must go.

Denis Richardson
72 Posted 08/05/2017 at 18:34:21
Agree, Gavin, £30m for a goalie in a relegated side is pie in the sky money. Lot of clubs will be interested in Pickford but nowhere near that price, or even £20-25m.

Personally, I think we've got more pressing issues to sort out than the GK so I wouldn't push the boat out to blow a large chunk of our kitty on one at this time.

I'd prefer Begovic anyway, who'd be much cheaper as he hasn't got the 'English' premium. 6ft-4in and 29 years old, he'll give us a good 4-5 years of decent service. Would be an improvement on the two we have now without having to smash the English record for a goalkeeper! He's doing sod all at Chelsea so must be itching for a move to get regular play time.

Not convinced about Pickford.

We desperately need creativity in the side so would prefer us to focus on top quality attacking midfielders.

Tony Draper
73 Posted 09/05/2017 at 08:49:40
That most disgraceful excuse for a newspaper has been spotted "reporting" that Everton will "take advantage" of Sunderland AFC's relegation with a £10M bid for 'keeper Pickford.

So, this is their obvious and pathetic response to being excluded from all things Everton is it ?

To make shit up and pass it off as truth. Yawwwwwwwn!

Sam Hoare
74 Posted 16/05/2017 at 10:01:25
Apparently Donnarruma is available for £20m and keen to play in Europe next season. He'd probably not be no 1 at any of the Premier League clubs above us. He looks top drawer to me and will surely only get better.

Those mentioning Hart, the guy has had a pretty mediocre season at Torino with more clangers in his recent outing. I think whatever he may have had might have gone and he is now running on past glories, rather like a certain tubby ex-Toffee playing in red...

Andrew Ellams
75 Posted 16/05/2017 at 10:26:20
Sam, Donnarruma was being linked with a £30million move to Man City just yesterday so we would need to move quick. A keeper will probably be right at the top of Pep's priority list.
Don Alexander
76 Posted 16/05/2017 at 10:46:05
The only thing that'd bother me about signing Donnarumma is that the lad still at AC has a goalie brother called Antonio, also on AC's books, who's on loan from them to a Greek club. If our usual "transfer gurus" get involved, I'd expect we'd get Harpo when we thought we'd signed Groucho.
Charles Brewer
77 Posted 22/05/2017 at 20:07:45
One completely demented penalty giveaway apart, I don't think there is much around better than Robles. After showing continuously improving form, he has been dropped by two managers and come back better both times.

The only keeper in the Premier League I would rate consistently better is Schmeichel who is almost as mad as his father (who was probably the best goalkeeper I have ever seen).

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