Jordan Pickford became the most expensive British goalkeeper in history and the third priciest in his position in the world behind Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon and new Manchester City signing Ederson when he completed a potential £30m move from Sunderland Everton today.
The eye-watering sum will form a sizeable chunk of the Blues' transfer budget this summer but as an investment in a player who could be between the sticks at Goodison Park (and the docks beyond!) for the next decade or more, it could represent a very savyy move.
That certainly seems to be echoed by a number of observers, former Everton stars, journalists and Sunderland fans alike, who believe that if the 23-year-old fulfills his rich potential, then the £25m rising to £30m could ultimately prove to be a bargain given the importance of the ‘keeper role.
“Jordan Pickford was always going to be leaving this summer, so we can at least take heart from the fact he's going to a fantastic club.”
His talent is so incredibly varied, and like no other 'keeper in the Premier League he is able to distribute the ball in a way that you simply cannot coach. He's a leader; he's got drive and passion in abundance, character traits that compliment his sublime technical ability perfectly.
My only regret regarding Pickford's time at the club is that we weren't able to see more of him - with just one season between the sticks for our first team, fragmented by an injury mid-way through our last campaign, it's safe to say that Jordan Pickford's best years are ahead of him and it's a damn shame that we won't be able to see what he is fully capable of in a Sunderland shirt.
“I think if we sign Pickford we have a bargain. What price saving 12 points a season? Potential to go all the way to world level.
Genuinely no idea right now what = a good/bad fee. Until market settles, can only look at the player. And Pickford is perfect for Everton.
Jonathan Northcroft, Sunday Times
“Just to echo what many are saying: 1st time saw Jordan Pickford at PNE was obviously a class act. Will be a terrific signing for Everton.”
Richard Askam, BBC Sport
“Everton, value Pickford as an already a superb goalkeeper who could join the elite in the coming years.
"Everton seems to be the perfect place for the player himself to develop… At an excellent, family club, Pickford would start the season as number one, far from certain at the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United.
"Away from the ferocious pressure of the top six, he should have the space to develop his game, to build on the already impressive command of his area and shot-stopping.
"To refine the rough edges of his unique and at times breathtaking distribution, the speed and trajectory with which he can kick out of hand sure to become one of the Premier League's most impressive counter-attacking weapons.
"Everton get a special talent, already good enough to make his mark and with potentially fifteen excellent seasons to come.”
Phil Smith, Sunderland Echo
“Such is the unprecedented nature of today's money-go-round that it is hard to compare the £30m Everton have agreed to pay Sunderland for goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with transfer fees from previous years, but it is certainly a gamble.
“I think it's a good move from Everton, though, and shows they are willing to spend.
“Every top team needs a great goalkeeper and if my old side want to progress they needed to address that position.
“Everton need a strong start to the campaign and he will have to hit the ground running, but my hunch is that he will prove a worthwhile gamble.”
"For someone like Jordan, who is young and has great potential, it does not seem a great fee.
"In the big scheme of things it is not a lot of money, considering how important the goalkeeping position is.
"It is second to a striker who scores 20 goals a season. You cannot have a really good side without a good goalkeeper."
"The success or failure of a football team can be massively dependent on its goalkeeper. Goalkeepers are crucial to a team's success, and their value should reflect that importance.
"Goalkeepers aren't expected to just keep goal, they are expected to control the ball safely and securely with their feet and distribute it accurately.
"And in that respect Pickford is regarded as outstanding — 'Our only player who can pass a ball,' posted one fan to a Sunderland message board in March.
"The rest of Pickford's game may still be developing. And how many points he saves - or costs - Everton every season is still to be discovered.
"But £30m is not a transfer fee to cause concern."
David Prentice, Liverpool Echo
“Jordan has been amazing and he has great potential. I have been singing his praises since the first time I saw him.
“He is one of the best goalkeepers I have seen in my career."
Jermaine Defoe, ex-Sunderland striker
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1 Posted 15/06/2017 at 18:47:47
I'll take Big Nev's assessment on him over anybody else's and I really look forward to this distribution that everybody speaks about.
Imagine a Peter Schmeichel-esque counter-attack with some speed in the team... exciting.
2 Posted 15/06/2017 at 19:15:44
Several observers have made the same comment about Klaassen.
Another need that Koeman seems to be addressing with his choices.
3 Posted 15/06/2017 at 19:44:35
4 Posted 15/06/2017 at 20:17:17
We have been too nice for at least 4 years so I look forward to seeing the passion and fight return once again.
5 Posted 15/06/2017 at 20:24:27
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8 Posted 15/06/2017 at 20:50:51
I have tried to find some detailed analysis of him from an old pro, but I cannot find it. I recall a Tim Flowers type giving like a scout report for one of the broadsheet's websites, and really raving about him. It was similar to the one that highlighted deficiencies within the game of Joe Hart with him said to struggle to get down low to one side in particular.
It's a problem of football reporting in this country that we don't quite get the analysis of football the way they do on the continent. Especially in the televisual media. With Sky having the majority rights of the Premier League, I fail to understand why they don't have a Premier League channel, and round the clock shows dissecting every game the way they do in Italy.
Even on the internet, especially since the end of zonalmarking.net and the Everton focused copy (the executioner's bong) there is little such analysis available on the net.
It's a pity ToffeeWeb couldn't fill that void!
9 Posted 15/06/2017 at 21:07:33
10 Posted 15/06/2017 at 21:22:10
Also, it's good to do a bit of business early.
What I like about this signing is that he's already very very good and not at his peak This could be excellent business!
11 Posted 15/06/2017 at 21:51:24
If he's half as good as any of those, we've got a keeper.
Oh and before anyone mentions the likes of Yashin, Meier etc, I just meant domestically. Oh by the way â€“ apologies to Gordon West and Nigel Martyn.
12 Posted 15/06/2017 at 22:06:34
Let's hope there's more to come and proven class and ability.
13 Posted 15/06/2017 at 22:35:05
nd so cool we've done this in such an amicable and professional way that even Sunderland fans are happy with us. Class.
14 Posted 15/06/2017 at 00:06:09
I'm excited about this lad... it's a gamble with such a young player in such a specialised position but I'd much prefer this than the old 'safety, experienced, good pro' approach!
We need to gamble on young lads as we can't attract the top level players... yet!
15 Posted 15/06/2017 at 00:09:55
Andy, are you just naming goalies who've played in England? I could give you at least 10 more names, 20 if you include the world's best.
16 Posted 16/06/2017 at 05:02:45
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19 Posted 18/06/2017 at 20:57:23
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