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.
Original Source: Football Insider
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1 Posted 05/05/2017 at 10:20:26
2 Posted 05/05/2017 at 10:31:03
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.
3 Posted 05/05/2017 at 10:36:57
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.
4 Posted 05/05/2017 at 10:42:08
5 Posted 05/05/2017 at 10:44:05
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.
6 Posted 05/05/2017 at 14:51:32
7 Posted 05/05/2017 at 16:11:31
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.
8 Posted 05/05/2017 at 17:34:07
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.
9 Posted 05/05/2017 at 17:38:04
10 Posted 05/05/2017 at 17:47:15
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.
11 Posted 05/05/2017 at 17:48:29
12 Posted 05/05/2017 at 17:49:12
Don't forget Derek, £11 Mill on Lookman who hasn't played much and not forgetting £13.5 Mill for Naisse.
13 Posted 05/05/2017 at 17:53:16
We have to make signings of better players than we currently have to progress.
14 Posted 05/05/2017 at 18:05:49
15 Posted 05/05/2017 at 18:09:47
16 Posted 05/05/2017 at 18:23:27
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.
17 Posted 05/05/2017 at 18:26:47
Fight it out for first choice - and the other is cup & European keeper.
Plenty of games to go around.
18 Posted 05/05/2017 at 18:28:09
Give Forster a wide birth; Saints fans want him out of their club.
19 Posted 05/05/2017 at 18:31:30
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!
20 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:06:58
21 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:09:25
22 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:10:56
Goalkeeper has to be in the 25- to 28-year-old range Ronko was alluding too.
23 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:12:10
24 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:21:45
25 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:22:11
26 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:28:45
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...
27 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:29:25
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!
28 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:31:29
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.
29 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:36:30
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.
30 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:45:19
31 Posted 05/05/2017 at 20:00:34
32 Posted 05/05/2017 at 20:01:07
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.
33 Posted 05/05/2017 at 20:25:09
34 Posted 05/05/2017 at 20:27:10
35 Posted 05/05/2017 at 20:47:47
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.
36 Posted 05/05/2017 at 21:31:40
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.
37 Posted 05/05/2017 at 21:48:11
38 Posted 05/05/2017 at 22:16:47
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!
39 Posted 05/05/2017 at 22:18:20
40 Posted 05/05/2017 at 22:19:44
41 Posted 05/05/2017 at 22:28:05
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.
42 Posted 05/05/2017 at 23:00:50
43 Posted 05/05/2017 at 00:56:23
44 Posted 06/05/2017 at 01:31:24
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.
45 Posted 06/05/2017 at 03:51:44
Joel Robles, on the other hand, does not seem to be getting any better. Bring Ruddy back as further backup if required.
46 Posted 06/05/2017 at 05:15:46
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.
47 Posted 06/05/2017 at 07:13:43
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.
48 Posted 06/05/2017 at 08:40:37
The same reason he was released by us in the first place.
49 Posted 06/05/2017 at 08:43:12
50 Posted 06/05/2017 at 08:56:05
All the keepers on this thread are hardly world beaters imho!
51 Posted 06/05/2017 at 09:00:58
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.
52 Posted 06/05/2017 at 10:33:25
But I'm assuming Koeman knows Forster well enough.
53 Posted 06/05/2017 at 10:40:17
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.
54 Posted 06/05/2017 at 11:03:02
I'm not saying Robles is good enough. I'm just not convinced Pickford is that much better.
55 Posted 06/05/2017 at 11:49:41
56 Posted 06/05/2017 at 11:59:22
Unless it's someone exceptional, buying a new first choice keeper could do more harm than good.
57 Posted 06/05/2017 at 13:21:19
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.
58 Posted 06/05/2017 at 13:27:58
59 Posted 06/05/2017 at 16:17:43
60 Posted 06/05/2017 at 19:28:57
Fuck off, Everton, you are doing my head in.
61 Posted 06/05/2017 at 22:33:33
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.
62 Posted 07/05/2017 at 15:51:10
63 Posted 07/05/2017 at 17:40:00
64 Posted 07/05/2017 at 18:05:35
65 Posted 07/05/2017 at 18:07:10
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.
66 Posted 07/05/2017 at 19:50:01
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.
67 Posted 08/05/2017 at 00:06:27
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...
68 Posted 08/05/2017 at 12:43:30
Reports suggesting Sunderland want nearer £30m!
69 Posted 08/05/2017 at 15:51:49
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
70 Posted 08/05/2017 at 16:33:20
71 Posted 08/05/2017 at 16:57:50
Robles and Stekelenburg must go.
72 Posted 08/05/2017 at 18:34:21
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.
73 Posted 09/05/2017 at 08:49:40
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!
74 Posted 16/05/2017 at 10:01:25
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...
75 Posted 16/05/2017 at 10:26:20
76 Posted 16/05/2017 at 10:46:05
77 Posted 22/05/2017 at 20:07:45
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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