Pickford confirmed as 'keeper signs five-year deal

Thursday, 15 June, 2017 91comments  |  Jump to most recent
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Everton have completed the capture of Jordan Pickford in a record deal for an English goalkeeper that could be worth up to £30m.

Pickford is currently on international duty with England U21s but the club were keen not to waste further time waiting for his return and sent a delegation to Kielce to tie up the remaining details on his proposed move from the Stadium of Light.

Having undergone a successful medical yesterday, he has signed a five-year contract that could make him not only Everton's most expensive player but also the most expensive British player in his position.

The Blues agreed a deal with Sunderland this week that will see them pay around £25m up front for the 23-year-old. He will officially become an Everton player on 1st July when the club can register him with the Premier League.

“It's great to sign for the club," the Washington-born player said. "Last season was my first in the Premier League so to get this opportunity with Everton now, to be able to go forward with my career and show everyone what I can do with Everton is unbelievable.

“It's a great club, a massive club and I think it's a great opportunity and the right time for me to come to Everton and show what I can do.

“This is an exciting time for the club and for me, too, with the ambition being shown. I just want to be the best I can be to help."

For manager Ronald Koeman, Pickford is the result of a season's worth of assessment of the suitability of Joel Robles and Maarten Stekelenburg for the mantle of first-choice goalkeeper at Everton, with the implication of the 23-year-old's acquisition this week perhaps being that the Dutchman doesn't feel that pairing offers enough.

There are already murmurings that Stekelenburg, who turns 35 this year, is looking to move on which would leave Robles to battle once again for the number one spot.

“I'm really pleased we've made what I'm sure will be a significant signing for Everton Football Club," Koeman said after Pickford's signing was announced.

“Jordan is a very talented young professional who also has a real hunger for success, and that's important for us as we now look to make further progress in the seasons ahead.

“We've seen the quality he has through his performances in the Premier League last season and, given his young age, we're sure he will get even better.”

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Joe O'Brien
1 Posted 14/06/2017 at 00:00:30
Great news. Hopefully it'll be a triple announcement... Pickford, Klaassen and Sandro!!!
Mike Gaynes
2 Posted 15/06/2017 at 00:04:26
If he measures out at only 5'11", is the deal off?
Nigel Johnson
3 Posted 15/06/2017 at 00:13:33
Don't worry, Mike – he's 6ft-1in.
Charlie Lloyd
4 Posted 15/06/2017 at 00:18:52
Fair enough if it gets completed.

Sending someone out to complete it shows that the club want business done.

Dan Davies
5 Posted 15/06/2017 at 00:20:09
Yeah but he's got 6 foot arms Mike. Hands like shovels apparently. You know what they say about big hands right?
Dan Sanderson
6 Posted 15/06/2017 at 00:21:54
I think they negotiate a discount, Mike Gaynes.
Brian Williams
7 Posted 15/06/2017 at 00:25:18
Big gloves?
Bob Hannigan
8 Posted 15/06/2017 at 00:25:26
Great first step, keep them coming!
Dan Davies
9 Posted 15/06/2017 at 00:32:59
No flies on you, Brian.
Paul Birmingham
10 Posted 15/06/2017 at 00:55:09
Until he wears the shirt. Then it's safe to say he is an EFC player.
Joseph Terrence
11 Posted 15/06/2017 at 01:06:36
Great news, glad to see that we have been quick to get the deal over the line. Hopefully a sign of things to come.
Mike Gaynes
12 Posted 15/06/2017 at 02:01:34
Dan #5, six-foot arms and big hands would mean he'd be stepping on his fingers a lot.

Dan Parker
14 Posted 15/06/2017 at 02:24:18
Excellent news, statement of intent and a quality prospect
Gareth Clark
15 Posted 15/06/2017 at 04:44:25
Even though he is a little bit short – he is still 1.85m – which allows him to be that little bit more agile & quick off the mark!

Not to mention his distribution... the best I've ever seen! Slot him in at central midfield when we need to. ;)

James Watts
16 Posted 15/06/2017 at 05:33:40
So we've bid on a player, it's been accepted and arranged a medical whilst he's on international duty all in a few days? WTF! Can't be true. This is Everton. Doesn't make sense. I'm confused.
Peter Laverty
17 Posted 15/06/2017 at 05:34:13
Sending a medical team out to Poland so that we can wrap up a £30 million deal, for a goalkeeper, in the middle of June. Everton? Really? :)
James Morgan
18 Posted 15/06/2017 at 06:28:32
I agree that us sending a team out to Poland to wrap the deal up shows we mean business.

I can imagine Bill in the past, "Don't worry about it darling, he can sign on his triumphant return!"

Plus with Walsh going to Milan as well as his meeting with Sandro, we aren't fucking about. Ronald was no doubt pissed off in the summer with our amateurish approach so it looks like we are finally getting our act together.

Sam Hoare
19 Posted 15/06/2017 at 07:03:32
£18m up front with another £12m depending on successes over 5 years. Sounds a decent deal to me.

My only worry is that this lad has only ever played for struggling clubs, keeping busy during matches. Concentration is a key asset for keepers in top clubs, being unused for 20 minutes but then having to switch on. Fingers crossed he's up to it but either way it's certainly an encouraging signal of intent; going out to buy the highly rated Eng U21 keeper and getting it wrapped up pretty quickly.

Dave Williams
20 Posted 15/06/2017 at 07:50:48
Sam, I don't think he will have that problem in our opening five games!
Drew O'Neall
21 Posted 15/06/2017 at 08:08:33
I thought this was ridiculous when reported but the more I hear from Sunderland and Preston fans and pundits in the media, the more I think Everton have done the business.

Excellent that we are pushing the agenda and getting the deal done too.

NSNO is back.

Ajay Gopal
22 Posted 15/06/2017 at 09:32:40
One point being overlooked by many is that this must surely signal the end of Robles at Everton (although I hope I am wrong).

I have no complaints about Robles's tenure with us – he deputed very competently for both Howard and Stekelenburg, and I personally thought given time and a settled run of games, he would prove to be a good (and cheap) long term 'keeper or Everton. Not to be, but no regrets.

I am excited about us getting a top goalkeeper who will hopefully turn out to be our next Neville Southall. Given Robles excellent stats (10 clean sheets last year in about 30 starts), he should go for a decent fee – at least £10 million surely for a mid-table Premier League club or a Continental league.

Brian Williams
23 Posted 15/06/2017 at 09:44:21
Dan Davies, and as my mother used to say "Or marks where they've been." ;-)
Jim Potter
24 Posted 15/06/2017 at 10:43:09
If Peter Shilton and more importantly Big Nev say 'Bargain' – then I think we have to listen.

If he is the real deal and we get over a decades service from him, it will definitely be money well spent.

Welcome to our glorious future, Jordan!

Keith Monaghan
25 Posted 15/06/2017 at 11:02:23
Ajay @ 22:-

I agree re Robles. I defo think we must aim to keep him – we need quality cover for our no.1, especially with Europa League & domestic cup games leading to a very congested schedule at times.

I'm still hoping we can persuade Rom to stay – if he does, we still need additional strikers for similar reasons.

Mark Gardiner
26 Posted 15/06/2017 at 11:31:58
Great news but I can't believe that it has taken two managers and many years for us to sign a decent keeper.

Anyway, onwards and upwards.

Anthony Hawkins
27 Posted 15/06/2017 at 12:09:39
@Mark Gardiner (#26).

There has been more pressing needs than a new keeper, eg, a player good enough to score goals and some players to improve the backline.

Now we're in a slightly better place the keeper is paramount. It's interesting to note the stats comparing our two keepers to Pickford highlight Robles has extremely similar states as Pickford and, in some key areas, is better.

Jordan Pickford: Everton's £30m deal worth the money – Peter Shilton

Ian Hollingworth
28 Posted 15/06/2017 at 12:16:00
Bloody marvelous, the club showing ambition at last.
Ken Buckley
29 Posted 15/06/2017 at 12:22:52
From what I have seen, this lad will be a big hit at Goodison and for England.

My greatest wish is that we continue to make sufficient progress with quality signings so that he and others can realise their football dreams with Everton thus propelling our club to its former mantle of BIG GUN.

Everything is possible!


Paul Tran
30 Posted 15/06/2017 at 12:56:48
We need a keeper the defenders trust. I like what I've seen of Pickford and I've had a week in Nottingham, Prestwick and Edinburgh where everyone is telling me we're getting a good keeper. I think they're right.
Thomas Surgenor
31 Posted 15/06/2017 at 13:54:35
Ajay @ 22.

I agree, I had huge hopes for Robles. Each time he breaks into the team he seems excellent. Then for some reason, as soon as he secures his place as #1, he has a nightmare.

Mike Gaynes
32 Posted 15/06/2017 at 14:11:32
Spot on, Thomas. Fantastic shot-stopper, but his positioning errors just keep on coming, and he makes some decisions that cause you to just drop your head in your hands.

Happy to keep him on as #2, but at 27 he must be feeling the urgency to find first-team football somewhere.

Brian Furey
33 Posted 15/06/2017 at 15:34:18
I'm very impressed that the club have gone after this lad so soon and fair play it looks like they ARE putting their money where their mouth is.

Who would have thought 3 years ago that we would be spending £30M on a new keeper? We thought paying £15M for Fellaini back in 2008 was crazy money but 9 years later it's up to double that now for a good keeper.

£25M for Bolasie and £20 for Schneiderlin seem to be the average rate now for a first team regular player.

I wonder will we pay over £50M for a striker in this window. I think we might... but who?

Gordon Crawford
34 Posted 15/06/2017 at 15:51:24
Get him signed soon. He hopefully is the real deal.

Anthony (#27) Sorry pal but a top keeper should always be your first signing, unless you have one already. A top keeper will organise the defence better, and he will give them more confidence to the team. He is the head at the top of the spine. Then you build through the middle.

I also hope we keep Robles, he is a good back-up. Sadly though he won't want to be a back-up, which I don't blame him for.

James Morgan
35 Posted 15/06/2017 at 16:33:45
Confirmed! Now for about 8 more!
Sam Hoare
36 Posted 15/06/2017 at 16:37:56
Confirmed. £25m initial fee according to the OS. More than I expected but hopefully he'll prove more than worth it in time.
John Gall
37 Posted 15/06/2017 at 16:40:05
He'll never be as good as David Lawson.
Gordon Crawford
38 Posted 15/06/2017 at 16:44:36
He has signed on the dotted line. The deal is done. Welcome Jordan, I hope you have a long and very successful career with Everton. Now to get Donnarumma lol.
Mark Riding
39 Posted 15/06/2017 at 16:46:42
Mark Riding
40 Posted 15/06/2017 at 16:50:05
James Stewart
41 Posted 15/06/2017 at 16:52:36
@17 Does make you blink doesn't it!
Tony Hill
42 Posted 15/06/2017 at 17:01:12
Very, very pleasing. I'm delighted we've done this so efficiently.
Brent Stephens
43 Posted 15/06/2017 at 17:02:38
So we bought before we sold? I'm pleased with this. Seems to be intent / ambition. And that didn't take us long – how far off is the last day of the window?
Wai Kin Low
44 Posted 15/06/2017 at 17:03:14
Anyone know what his wages are?
Peter Roberts
45 Posted 15/06/2017 at 17:05:49
Have we overpaid? Only time will tell, but I think he is a future England #1 as Hart seems to be dropping off, only Butland seems to be serious competition as Heaton is 31, Forster and Foster are a bit error-prone. This guy looks the real deal.
Garry Corgan
46 Posted 15/06/2017 at 17:07:54
If this does spell the end of Robles, then that’s him, Alcaraz and Koné gone. Seemingly McCarthy, Deulofeu and Lukaku on the way.

Doesn’t leave Martinez with much of a legacy when you consider that Coleman, Jags, Baines and Mirallas are still around.

Mark Morrissey
47 Posted 15/06/2017 at 17:12:34
I wanted us to sign a top keeper at the start of last season and we didn't. I then watched our two keepers all season long put in dismal display after dismal display. That won't be happening again, so I'm made up. Is he the lad I'd have picked ? yes, between him and Butland. He is ready now and is one for the long term too.

Next up, I'd have liked Maguire but Keane will do. After that, the midfield playmaker needs selecting. So far so good.

Sort out the spine and that will do for me. The rest of the positions can wait for now. We need to replace Rom but that's a given. Jordan Pickford, though – I'm made up!

Liam Reilly
48 Posted 15/06/2017 at 17:32:42
Ballsy signing and statement of intent.

Exciting summer to be a Blue.

John Sagar
49 Posted 15/06/2017 at 17:33:59
This is really is excellent news and what a prospect for the future of the club.

Welcome to the land of Blue, Jordan!!!

Per Anders Stumo
50 Posted 15/06/2017 at 17:35:29
Mark @47,

I don't agree with you regarding Robles's performances last season. He made a few blunders but he was generally solid and saved our defense on a number of occasions. Not sure what is 1-on-1 save rate was but it must have been pretty dang good.

Statistically he was on par with Pickford in almost every area and in some better than Pickford. And Pickford made his own blunders by the way, just one less than Robles leading to a goal (3 vs Robles's 4).

Still not 100% sure about Pickford but I hope he proves he can handle the pressure and become the Number 1 we've been missing since Martyn and Big Nev.

Brian Wilkinson
51 Posted 15/06/2017 at 18:09:49
Bloody hell, cannot get used to us getting deals done and dusted, what a welcome change and top signing!

On Transfer Deadline Day, we can kick our shoes off and watch everyone else go through what we have for years. Keep it coming and everything sorted before the start of the season.

Neil Wood
52 Posted 15/06/2017 at 18:10:39
This seems expensive on the face of it however, look at his age and the potential in him to be England's Number 1.

I think this, along with the Sandro transfer, will be the best bit of business seen in the premiership this year.

Exciting times ahead .

Bring me Balotelli next to really get the place buzzing!!!!

Steve Ferns
53 Posted 15/06/2017 at 18:12:04
Gary, I would put it down to Koeman wanting big strong athletes, whilst Martinez signed little technical players. So Koeman was always going to bounce the Martinez players out.

As for his legacy, that's the very healthy bank balance, particularly after we bank the Lukaku money. For all that he did wrong in Seasons 2 and 3, at least he left the team in such a way that Koeman could sell one player (Stones) and rebuild the team enough to return us to the top 7, and now (we all hope) that he can build on that with the many millions that were not at Martinez's disposal to take us into the top 4.

Brian Williams
54 Posted 15/06/2017 at 18:13:37
Have we signed anyone else yet?????????
James Morgan
55 Posted 15/06/2017 at 18:18:51
In other goalkeeer related news, Donnarumma is refusing to sign a new deal with Milan. His agent? You guessed it, that cockroach Raiola.
Jack Convery
56 Posted 15/06/2017 at 18:23:43
He'll defo come in handy when we move grounds.

Good luck to him.

Brian Furey
57 Posted 15/06/2017 at 18:24:55
Delighted they went out there and pushed the deal over the line, rather than waiting til he came back.

I think Sandro though is just having a look around at his options before deciding. He knows plenty of Champions League teams would happily take him on board so I reckon he won't be signing for anyone any time soon.

I expect Klaassen to be next.

Gordon Roberts
59 Posted 15/06/2017 at 18:30:25
Not sure if there are any ex-professional goalkeepers posting on here, but the opinions of Messers Southall and Shilton says it all for me.
Phil Walling
60 Posted 15/06/2017 at 18:40:08
Brian, your comparison with days of yore are a bit misplaced.

The Club's TV cut has quadrupled since Moyes was in charge but £30M is still ridiculous for a novice keeper. I suspect all player values will be up by a good 60% on last season so don't wonder at signing no-marks for around that figure – as we surely will!

Tom Bowers
61 Posted 15/06/2017 at 18:42:50
Whilst I am all for people stating their opinions, I would hope we now have less of the unfair criticism of goalkeepers at Everton over the last few years. According to these people, whenever Everton dropped points it was always, Howard, Robles or Stekelenburg to blame.

Yes, a keeper sometimes makes a cock-up but the same old complaints were becoming a bit stale and blaming the last line of defence is a cop-out.

Now that Everton have been out and spent the big money on a new stopper who is rated very highly by everyone, let's all get behind him and give him a chance to show what he can do to make the Blues contenders again.

Paul Johnson
62 Posted 15/06/2017 at 18:46:25
Phil Walling – I bet you pour cold water on a hard-on.

Ahhh, I get it! You are frightened you will have nothing to moan about come deadline day, so you are getting it in now.

Welcome, Jordan, let's hope you can emulate some of the greats that have worn our No 1 jersey.

Phil Walling
64 Posted 15/06/2017 at 19:23:10
Paul, leaving aside my sexual proclivities, have you not noticed that other clubs have also been making early signings which will more than cancel out Everton's captures.

Pickford is a promising young keeper and no more. Try and keep things in perspective, please!

William Cartwright
65 Posted 15/06/2017 at 19:26:45
Paul, you're being too charitable there mate. Poor old Phil would need to get a hard-on the first place and I doubt if that would ever happen, even if we signed Messi on a free with a pay-as-you-score clause!
Chris Williams
66 Posted 15/06/2017 at 19:28:26
Klaassen and Niamh at Finch Farm for medicals – according to the Echo.
James Flynn
67 Posted 15/06/2017 at 19:41:10
Who is Niamh?
Phil Walling
68 Posted 15/06/2017 at 19:44:02
God Knows! But he's foreign so he must be good, eh?
Brian Williams
69 Posted 15/06/2017 at 19:44:39
Colin Metcalfe
70 Posted 15/06/2017 at 19:46:52
I have to say I am pleased with the Klaassen signing but not impressed with signing Niang – who, for what I remember of his Watford appearances, is just another speed merchant who can play a bit of footy.

I just hope he is to be the understudy for Sandro Ramirez!

Chris Williams
71 Posted 15/06/2017 at 19:48:16
Predictive text, or possibly Women's Irish international . Niang !
James Flynn
72 Posted 15/06/2017 at 20:08:14
Chris - Yes, I saw on another thread, that it's Niang.

Dermot Byrne
73 Posted 15/06/2017 at 20:12:10
Seems a statement of intent. Obviously he will make an error in the first five games and take 2 years to get us back inside!

Seriously, if this is the start of new players coming in, I reckon a good start and grounds for optimism surely.

Mike Berry
74 Posted 15/06/2017 at 20:21:04
I'm very pleased as great keepers are getting harder to find.

If he becomes as good as they think he could and England's top keeper, then it would have been harder to secure him, hence we have jumped in smartly and quickly ahead of would-be future competitors.

Ian Bennett
75 Posted 15/06/2017 at 20:28:52
Very underwhelmed on Niang. We need better than that.
John Smith
76 Posted 15/06/2017 at 20:34:25
Y'know what they say about guys with big hands?

Yep. Big Gloves.

Colin Glassar
77 Posted 15/06/2017 at 20:58:08
I think Pickford could be our best goalie since the bin man.
Jay Wood
78 Posted 15/06/2017 at 21:08:32
Very nicely played, Everton.

Early days yet, and only when the window closes will we truly be able to declare if Everton is still a sell-to-buy club, but this year's model appears very different from previous years.

Some expressed concern that Koeman's targets would be seasoned pros in the 27-/28-year-old age group on the back of one comment he made towards the end of the season.

Pickford (and other rumoured targets) belong in a different profile to that.

I'm encouraged that Everton has bet large on youth and potential for a position that is hard to gauge on the back of one full season in the Premier League with the worst team in the league.

The lad has ability. That is evident. Is he the finished article? Far from it.

But one thing I find striking in him and something I hope is very much at the forefront of many of this summer's signing is: He has an edge to him. Have you seen him celebrate a good save? Berate his (senior) defence? Screaming instructions? Because he has that side to him.

The more narks with a winning mentality we have in the squad, the better we will be for it.

Welcome, Jordan. Now wow us!

Andrew Ellams
79 Posted 15/06/2017 at 21:15:09
Jay, if Lukaku, Barkley, Deulofeu, Funes Mori and McCarthy all move on, we will quite possibly have a positive net spend or at least a small negative spend.

Think of it as good business more than the old fashioned Moyes/Kenwright sell-to-buy policy.

Steve Ferns
80 Posted 15/06/2017 at 21:23:24
Big shout, Colin. If he's better than the ultra consistent Nigel Martyn, I'll be happy.
Jay Wood
81 Posted 15/06/2017 at 21:25:26
Andrew, I don't disagree with your premise that, depending on who leaves against who arrives and at what fees, come the closing of the transfer window we could possibly near as damn it balance the books AND have a stronger squad.

That could represent good business.

But as of today, 15 June 2017, that is all purely speculative. There are some in your list of possible departures I would rather retain to enhance the incoming, rather than sell them to help pay for new arrivals.

As I said, not only in my previous post in this thread, but consistently: we can only judge the summer dealings overall once the window closes.

More signings like Pickford and I for one will be content on that aspect of our ins and outs.

Adam Luszniak
82 Posted 15/06/2017 at 21:34:28
Of course Everton have to sell to buy, if only to comply with the Premier League's short-term cost control rules. These stipulate that a team may increase it's wage bill by £7m a year only. Any increase beyond this cannot be paid for using tv broadcast revenue, but rather must be paid for using non broadcast commercial revenue, which includes player trading profits.

Everton have to sell to buy because our non-broadcast revenue isn't particularly large, so player trading profits are important in this respect. Selling Ross Barkley for £40m, for example, allows that £40m to be spent on player wages.

It isn't a case of not having the money to buy players, which was the case before we had Moshiri, and before the broadcast revenues went through the roof. It's a case of having to comply with Premier League regulations on player wages. In order for a club to vastly increase it's wage bill, it must do so without using TV money, but rather by demonstrating increased commercial revenue.

Andy Meighan
83 Posted 15/06/2017 at 21:36:03
Mike (#74),

If he becomes England's top 'keeper, he wont be with us long. The vultures will definitely circle...

Brian Williams
84 Posted 15/06/2017 at 21:41:16
Like £75m naming rights for Finch Farm.
Adam Luszniak
85 Posted 15/06/2017 at 21:47:11
Exactly, Brian.
Tom Hadley
87 Posted 15/06/2017 at 21:49:39
Welcome to Everton, Jordan, there's no keeper in the world I would rather have and I absolutely believe us fans will come to regard you as the 2nd greatest keeper in our club's history. 1st is... well you'll have to go some for that!
Denis Richardson
88 Posted 15/06/2017 at 21:57:29
Welcome to GP.

Hope you have a long successful stint between the sticks.

John Smith
89 Posted 15/06/2017 at 22:48:34
Incidentally, Stoke just announced they'll want over £30 million for Jack Butland.
Hugh Jenkins
90 Posted 15/06/2017 at 22:51:50
Klaassen has also signed tonight for £23.6M. Window has been open less than a week, Everton sign two key players for a total (possible) fee in excess of £53M, with a promise of much more to come.

Is anyone still doubting the Moshiri Revival? ("Revolution", may be too strong a word.)

John Smith
91 Posted 15/06/2017 at 22:59:29
ps: Leicester just signed Harry Maguire.
Kevin Dyer
92 Posted 15/06/2017 at 23:33:40
Excellent signing. I live in the Northeast and rate Pickford highly. Young, talented and routinely exposed by a horrific Sunderland defence. He may only have one full Premier League season under his belt but is battle-hardened! The fee feels just right for their only major asset.

Best available 'keeper imo: Butland having a year out plus Stoke wouldn't sell, Heaton is a bit small and much older, Foster not as good, Hart on the slide and would want huge waves.

As for Robles, last season was his big opportunity and, despite some good performances, he didn't convince. Not good enough for a side with (gulp) top 4 aspirations.

David Currie
93 Posted 16/06/2017 at 07:22:40
Great signing, now get Keane and get rid of Williams. New left back is a must, Baines should be a back up this year. Get rid of Barry, he's too slow and is not good enough to play in a team with ambition to trouble the top sides.
Andrew Keatley
94 Posted 16/06/2017 at 16:20:38
Pickford and Holgate are both starting for England Under-21s v Sweden in the European Championships.
Will Mabon
95 Posted 16/06/2017 at 21:27:16
Saved a penalty, the lad.

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