Pickford out for up to a month

07/09/2022 94comments  |  Jump to last

Everton have been hit by the news that Jordan Pickford is set to be sidelined for three to four weeks with a thigh injury.

The in-form goalkeeper will miss at least three weeks according to an assessment by the club's medical staff with a strain he aggravated during last Saturday's Merseyside derby in which he made eight saves, including a crucial intervention at the end to deny Mohamed Salah where he diverted the Egyptian's shot onto the post.

The England international had reportedly been feeling twinges in the muscle and the club now feel that the best course of action is a period of rest.

Pickford's absence leaves Frank Lampard with just Asmir Begovic as senior cover because Andy Lonergan is also unavailable because of a knee problem.

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There are suggestions that the club might look to bring in a free agent as emergency cover but, according to David Ornstein and Paddy Boyland of The Athletic, the timescales involved vis-a-vis the upcoming international break makes it unlikely they will go that route.

Lonergan, who has yet to make an appearance for the Blues since joining the club last year, is projected to be fit within the next fortnight.


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Alan Johnson
1 Posted 07/09/2022 at 19:29:17
Geoff Lambert
2 Posted 07/09/2022 at 19:30:24
Only Everton… We are cursed I tell ya.

Then again, he is a liability to quite a few on here. Let's see what the stand-in can do. Let's hope he avoids an injury or its the youth team keeper as our main man.

Tony Hill
3 Posted 07/09/2022 at 19:30:56
I'm reasonably okay with Begovic but we are looking for a free agent, apparently.
Tony Everan
4 Posted 07/09/2022 at 19:32:10
Bad news, as he has been incredible how many games will he miss? Begovic has done pretty well when called upon so I hope that continues.

Looks like three league matches he'll be out for. Maybe home to Man Utd, 9 October, the return target.

Geoff Lambert
5 Posted 07/09/2022 at 19:33:53
Ben Foster??
Raymond Fox
6 Posted 07/09/2022 at 19:33:57
Are we damned or what!
Robert Tressell
7 Posted 07/09/2022 at 19:35:18
Geoff Lambert
8 Posted 07/09/2022 at 19:36:17
Karius is a free agent?? Got a few mistakes in him??
Dale Self
9 Posted 07/09/2022 at 19:39:25
I think the fans wouldn't take too well to Foster after his questionable comments. I think that was him implying we were soft if they got into us early and take the crowd out.
Colin Glassar
10 Posted 07/09/2022 at 19:44:17
Can Diego Costa play in goal?

The Everton training ground curse continues…

Paul Christian
11 Posted 07/09/2022 at 19:45:36
If it wasn't for bad luck, we'd have no luck at all.
Eddie Dunn
12 Posted 07/09/2022 at 19:49:14
You couldn't make this up!
Colin Malone
13 Posted 07/09/2022 at 19:52:19
Call Harry Tyrer back.
Johan Elmgren
15 Posted 07/09/2022 at 19:59:24
Not good... but I've got faith in Begovic while Pickford's out.

But behind him, it's kinda thin...

Christy Ring
16 Posted 07/09/2022 at 20:10:31
Pickford has been in great form and is a big loss.

Having said that, Begovic hasn't let us down.

Bill Gall
17 Posted 07/09/2022 at 20:11:56
Can we not go more than a week before we get hit with one of our essential players getting injured?
Joe McMahon
18 Posted 07/09/2022 at 20:15:37
For fuck's sake, it's incredible. When I said years ago there is a hex on this club, the stick I got was incredible. I stand by what I stated. All the luck Liverpool get, we get the opposite, and it's gone on for decades.
Brent Stephens
19 Posted 07/09/2022 at 20:17:54
Hopefully fewer shots on our goal with the improving defence and the recent midfield signings. The upside might even see Begovic commanding the box on high balls.
Barry Rathbone
20 Posted 07/09/2022 at 20:23:34
Who was that big lad Martinez signed? Get him back he was alright.
Paul Birmingham
21 Posted 07/09/2022 at 20:25:05
Let’s stay together and keep the belief, hopefully Pickford's form, will inspire Begovic.

The Everton team, has more belief and resilience than for many years.

Strength in adversity for Everton.

Steavey Buckley
22 Posted 07/09/2022 at 20:26:23
Goal-keeping is a specialised position that depends on the ability of the goal-keeper to respond decisively to any shot or header. The reflexes to respond have to be honed through regularly playing.

Pickford's 6 matches this season have brought him to the top of his game. But Begovic begins the next game as a novice, because he has not played enough games for a while, so, maybe a liability against Arsenal where he let in an awful amount of goals last season in the last game of the season because he also had not played for a while.

Ray Roche
23 Posted 07/09/2022 at 20:37:00
Barry, was it Robles, isn’t he now at Leeds?
Peter Carpenter
24 Posted 07/09/2022 at 21:01:17
Oh, fuck!
Jonathan Oppenheimer
25 Posted 07/09/2022 at 21:10:53
Not the news I was looking for today. That said, Begovic is serviceable and, as Brent #19 said, he commands the box better than Pickford at times. Let's just hope he gets healthy and this isn't a recurring problem.
Ben King
26 Posted 07/09/2022 at 21:12:57
What a pain. Honestly.

Get well, Pickers.

Mike Gaynes
27 Posted 07/09/2022 at 21:15:23
Ouch! Dammit.

So who will be the reserve keeper on the bench Sunday?

How about we make a quick deal to bring Jagielka back from Stoke?

Bernie Quinn
28 Posted 07/09/2022 at 21:18:08
Dare I say "In Begovic I Trust"?
Dale Self
29 Posted 07/09/2022 at 21:18:33
Bummer… but what Jonathan and Brent said.
Phil Sammon
30 Posted 07/09/2022 at 21:22:30
Steavey @22,

‘Begovic begins the next game as a novice.'

Can't wait to see this. Fully expecting Begovic to trot out with boots on his hands and gloves on his feet.

What a load of nonsense. He might be rusty but he's a decent backup keeper who has been around the block. We'll be alright.

Brian Wilkinson
31 Posted 07/09/2022 at 21:23:53
Getting in a bit but short-term cover for the bench, Ben Foster.

Not many other options out there if we cannot recall any of our goalies.

Brian Murray
32 Posted 07/09/2022 at 21:23:54
Thank god for the international break. He only misses two games if that is right.
Will Mabon
33 Posted 07/09/2022 at 21:24:17
Why can we never have a normal, injury-free run at this club? This has been years now.

Joe @ 18 - I agree.

Andy Crooks
34 Posted 07/09/2022 at 21:26:29
Lucky we have decent cover. Seems to me we swap mercurial for steady and that is what reserves are all about.
Jim Bennings
35 Posted 07/09/2022 at 21:27:05
Something seriously wrong with this club to have the injuries we have.

Was Goodison built on a fucking Mic Mac Indian burial site?

Begovic at Arsenal is enough to convince me I could see a repeat score of the last day. 😔

Kevin Molloy
36 Posted 07/09/2022 at 21:29:37
Begovic will be perfectly adequate for our purposes.

Another shrewd bit of transfer business by Rafa.

Nick Page
38 Posted 07/09/2022 at 21:38:14
Pickford has been incredible. Football looking better. Then boom. Out for a month.

We have to be one of the unluckiest football clubs on Earth, the complete opposite to the shithouses over the road. They probably put a curse on him after the game.

Brian Murray
39 Posted 07/09/2022 at 21:46:18
Shite just brought on Arthur. He should of stayed in the lock up.
Peter Carpenter
40 Posted 07/09/2022 at 21:47:07
Where's that guy Virginia? He looked okay to me in the few chances he got. On one of those endless loans?
Brian Murray
41 Posted 07/09/2022 at 21:52:14
We really have to stop jumping the gun with these loans.

Simms is no world beater but an upgrade on Rondon. Even Dobbin. Same with Virginia, better than Begovic, from what I've seen. That lad has everything to be a good keeper.

Michael Kenrick
42 Posted 07/09/2022 at 21:53:33
They did bring in that lad Billy Crellin. I say 'lad' but he's 22 and so only appears as an overage player for the U21s.

But I thought I saw something about him not being as good as he was expected to be. Certainly his playing stats since joining last January are rather limited.

He made two Premier League 2 appearances for the U23s during the second half of last season, against Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham United.

He did go on the US tour and played the second half in both games; was a sub on the bench unused for the second two pre-season friendlies

This season, he has played no part in any of the 5 Premier League 2 games played by the U21s but was in goal for the first EFL (Papa John's) Trophy game last week at Morecambe, where he let in 3 goals, and then 7 penalties in the shoot-out, where he has been given the No 43 shirt.

Probably not even on the list as a stand-in, although he did get onto the senior subs bench when Tom Davies pulled up in the pre-match warm-up at Fleetwood and was withdrawn.

Danny Baily
43 Posted 07/09/2022 at 21:57:09
Begovic is a decent keeper and one of the best as far as backups are concerned. And Pickford can be a bit... erratic.

We'll be fine.

Brian Wilkinson
44 Posted 07/09/2022 at 21:58:18
Unless the rules have changed, Mourinho brought Dean Henderson back as cover for a couple of games. So, if it is still the case, then surely we should be able to recall Virginia or Tyrer.

Chances are not an option now with Everton needing cover.

Kieran Kinsella
45 Posted 07/09/2022 at 22:10:52
Other teams get injuries and they say "so and so is injured."

But Everton "It's a curse! No other club has injuries! The sky is falling! You couldn't make it up!"

It's annoying… but not the end of the world.

Danny O’Neill
46 Posted 07/09/2022 at 22:16:44
Begovic has done well when he's been needed. If anything, I think he's a keeper better at communicating with and commanding his box than Pickford.

I'm not suggesting he should be our Number 1, but he's not a bad fall-back. With our current defence in front of him, he'll be fine.

The Emirates monkey is coming off our back.

Tom Bowers
47 Posted 07/09/2022 at 22:22:05
Unbelievable, isn't it. Just when we think we are turning the corner, this happens.

Okay, if the defense keeps up the good work, we may get by with Begovic… but he's no Pickford.

Paul Birmingham
48 Posted 07/09/2022 at 22:28:24
Good spirit, Danny, and I'm sure the Everton players will have learnt a lot about themselves this last week.

Everton will adapt improvise and overcome this injury to Pickford.

Neil Copeland
49 Posted 07/09/2022 at 22:30:28
It's a blow of course but we will be fine. The defence has town very good leaders at centre-back and Begovic is an experienced keeper.

Our midfield looks light years better than last season, bring on the Arse!


Bill Gienapp
50 Posted 07/09/2022 at 22:35:22
It's a setback, but Begovic stepped up when we needed him to against Newcastle last season. And with the international break, Pickford might end up only missing two matches – it could be a lot worse.
Jason Saggers
51 Posted 07/09/2022 at 22:35:38
Dermot O'Brien
52 Posted 07/09/2022 at 22:56:58
Shit, but we don't really need a goalie, do we?
Vijay Nair
53 Posted 08/09/2022 at 00:59:32
We have a goalkeeper out on loan in the form of Virginia at Valencia. Can we not recall him instead of bringing someone in on a free?

Surely he's better than that walking hot-water bottle warming our bench (Lonergan), who has not played a single game, but is injured or unfit when we need him. Get rid, I say.

Dupont Koo
54 Posted 08/09/2022 at 02:09:29
Thelwell turning away the Manc's approach on Begovic before the deadline was considered nothing but a footnote but is now a huge and correct decision.
Phil Smith
55 Posted 08/09/2022 at 02:49:51
I would have taken anyone else but him but hey, it's a team sport and Begovic hasn't let us down when he's come in.

Still… what the fuck???

Darryl Ritchie
56 Posted 08/09/2022 at 03:15:35
Are any of the U21 keepers ready to step up?
Jack Convery
57 Posted 08/09/2022 at 05:00:52
Just in case Jordan Pickford is out longer than expected or the thigh muscle becomes a problem over the season, we should look at Orjan Nyland who is without a club and is Norway's No 1, as a possible backup.

Ben Foster could be another to consider, despite what he said about the Everton players last season – which was true then but not now. Lonergan is a real last resort and not good enough for Everton. Why spoil the ship for a halfpenny worth of tar?

Jim Bennings
58 Posted 08/09/2022 at 06:48:29
Getting Foster in if he's a free agent is a no-brainer.
Adam Oakensworth
59 Posted 08/09/2022 at 07:12:37
Steavey @22,

I wonder if he can even remember where he left his gloves. Probably hasn't left his armchair for weeks!

(They do train every day you know. He didn't turn into Jim Royle over night!)

Peter Carpenter
60 Posted 08/09/2022 at 07:33:36
Lonergan is older than the queen, and less mobile.
Danny O’Neill
61 Posted 08/09/2022 at 07:52:21
I think I must be missing something. If the default when our first-choice keeper is to look at free agents and other available keepers, then what's the point of having a backup keeper who trains daily with the squad and other keepers and knows what the manager wants?

It's a bit like saying don't bother with an outfield squad. Just go out and find someone available rather than elevate Tom Davies (assuming Iwobi, Obana and Gueye are the first choice midfield 3).

Sorry, I don't get it. It's a squad game and Begovic is in our squad. He steps up if the person in his position is injured or if the manager wants to rotate.

Steve Brown
62 Posted 08/09/2022 at 07:57:00
If we signed another goalkeeper, it would be as cover for Lonergan (and, by default, Begovic now that he will be in the first team).

Begovic was bought for this scenario and trains with this in mind. Now he steps in and earns his salary.

Mick Roberts
63 Posted 08/09/2022 at 07:58:43
What the hell is going on at Finch Farm with our training and fitness team??? It seems like we have a production line churning out injured players!!!
Peter Hodgson
64 Posted 08/09/2022 at 08:02:35
Talking of injuries has anyone seen DCL yet at Finch Farm? We were threatened with him being back training this week but we haven't heard any word of it. I always had a suspicion that it was a figment of someones imagination.

By the way Begovic will be fine. He is a good keeper.

Alan McGuffog
65 Posted 08/09/2022 at 08:07:08
Is it a month, as in the natural orbital period of the moon. Or is it an Everton moon ? May be back in time for the 3rd round of the cup ?
Peter Hodgson
66 Posted 08/09/2022 at 08:21:39

Quite. It is usually an Everton moon. Same as with other player injuries.

Eddie Dunn
67 Posted 08/09/2022 at 08:23:08
I wonder if it's his left peg, which he has been booming those early balls down the channels(or in the stands)? Or is it the standing legs taking all of the weight and twisting under the strain from those huge efforts.
Was it coincidence that a few of his attempts started veering off course on Saturday?
Mark Ryan
69 Posted 08/09/2022 at 09:20:03
Potter is given six months, Frank has us in the top 10 of the table, Potter starts to fail, they come in for their Prodigal son. I can see that happening. Pickford and AG to the Kings Road, ha ha. I'm not being a doom mongerer, it just crossed my mind.
John Williams
70 Posted 08/09/2022 at 09:58:06
On a slightly different subject, is Moise Kean still on
Everton's books?

I saw a piece that Juventus will make a move for Aston Villa's
Douglas Luiz with Moise Kean going the other way?

Kim Vivian
71 Posted 08/09/2022 at 10:03:05
Danny - if Lonergan is crocked then we currently have one fit goalkeeper. Any backup would be cover for Begovic until Lonergan's fit.

Two keepers on the bench? You're 'avin' a laff.

Jerome Shields
72 Posted 08/09/2022 at 10:09:50
Begovic will provide adequate cover. Pickford, since he is injured, needs to rest. I think that Cody and Tarkowski might even benefit from a more standard-type goalkeeper.


You do have a point, but Frank was shafted by the Chelsea players when he tried to play the same system that he now plays at Everton. Mostly, the same players that shafted Tuchel.

One prevailing point through the Transfer Window has been the removal of players who are not of a self-reliant character, who have not got the self-motivation to operate within Frank's system.

Frank's system is aimed at free expression and self motivation. Why would he think of going back to Chelsea with unknown owner and a group of unsuitable players on contracts that would make them harder to shift than Everton's deadwood?

Tony Everan
73 Posted 08/09/2022 at 10:16:40

Moise Kean is still on our books and on loan to Juve. They have an obligation to buy at about £25 million in June 2023, but they changed their minds and don't want to buy him now!

They are trying to be creative as they can and get him off the books whilst recouping as much of that unwanted future outlay as possible. Would be good news for us if he is traded as we would get, in theory, our £25M early.

Terence Leong
75 Posted 08/09/2022 at 11:15:19
I think Begovic is solid enough... while he obviously won't have the lightning reflexes of Pickford, I think he brings some calm to the backline.

He's a likeable guy; it is what it is regarding the Pickford situation. Which means that Begovic has the run of a few games to get himself into the rhythm of playing.

Nick Bower
76 Posted 08/09/2022 at 12:35:13
Onana as emergency backup could work — at least an upgrade on tiny arms...
Steve Mandaluff
77 Posted 08/09/2022 at 13:06:28
I thought Begovic look excellent when he kept a clean sheet against Newcastle last season, and most important it looked like he had the full confidence of the defence.

I don't see any problems here, only worry of course is if he picks up an injury in the next month and we end up being forced down the route we went down years ago in a game against Blackburn.

Nigel Martyn was injured, so Richard Wright came in as his back-up and got injured in the warm-up, the back-up's, back-up Iain Turner ended up starting but got sent off after 10 minutes and then the back-up's, back-up, back-up, John Ruddy, had to come on. Mind you he kept a clean sheet that day!

Jerome Shields
78 Posted 08/09/2022 at 13:56:23
Kean has had his career managed well up to now. A player with average ability keeping some of the top clubs in a tisie. Still getting his wages and nobody involved admitting how average he is.

Actually Everton have managed him well. A real bonus if someone coughs up money for him. It is not Everton's problem if no-one does.

Stu Darlington
79 Posted 08/09/2022 at 13:58:43
Come on, guys. This is the Premier League. The toughest and most demanding league in the world. It's no good moaning about curses and hexes and similar bullshit. Players are going to get injured or need to be rested.

That's the reason we need a decent squad, isn't it? We just have to suck it up and get on with it.

Nick Page
80 Posted 08/09/2022 at 14:05:14
How Everton should be being run:

Soccer Souls | Brentford model explained in detail

Brian Murray
81 Posted 08/09/2022 at 14:41:12
Barry Fry when at brum had no wins for months on end so to apparently lift a gypsy curse he had a burst on all four corner flags. Are you listening Frank.
Steve Byles
82 Posted 08/09/2022 at 14:48:22
SOS to Jagielka!
Brian Wilkinson
83 Posted 08/09/2022 at 16:26:05
No probs at all with Begovic, However we do need a back up keeper on the bench to step in when we are holding our own against the elite on Sunday and the ref sees a chance of giving them a helping hand sending Begavic off, ok will not happen, but nothing suprises me anymore with those sneaky lot assisting the top teams.

I stick with what I said last week, an early booking for one of our key players, to take the sting out of our performance.

Will Mabon
84 Posted 08/09/2022 at 17:20:14
Much as I bemoan our bad luck with injuries, justifiably I think, I remembered earlier just how injury free Pickford has actually been, his impressive appearance record across years. Perhaps not so cursed this time.

At one time of day I wouldn't have said this, but I much prefer the thought of him recovered, then training and resting back here, over being away with England.

Just hope we don't need too many performances out of Berkovic like Pickford gave against the RS.

Mike Gaynes
85 Posted 08/09/2022 at 17:47:05
Tony #73, our Kean deal was really good business once we found out he couldn't (or wouldn't) play. Juventus has been our agent for months, trying to sell him so they can pay us off -- and picking up his salary in the meantime. We've got them totally boxed in.
David West
86 Posted 08/09/2022 at 18:11:35
I can't believe Pickford was playing in that derby last week already with a strain and he's aggravated it in the match. How good can he get this season when fully fit?

Amazing! Anyone notice he was playing with a strain? Maybe Frank needs to strain him every week. Outstanding against the RS. Has been for a while for us.

Brian Wilkinson
87 Posted 08/09/2022 at 18:28:58
Probably why he was shanking so many goal kicks straight into touch.
Will Mabon
88 Posted 08/09/2022 at 18:32:29
Jeff - Sunday.
Bill Watson
89 Posted 08/09/2022 at 19:15:00
I reckon the whole weekend football programme will be suspended so extra time for Pickford and D C-L to get fit!
Bjorn-Ivar Pedersen
90 Posted 08/09/2022 at 21:04:41
I have seen Begovic save shots places Pickford only can dream about saving. So I am not worried.
Roger Helm
91 Posted 08/09/2022 at 21:44:50
You mean every cloud has a silver lining, Bill?
Nigel Rayner
92 Posted 08/09/2022 at 22:52:24
Sky Sports quoted we wouldn’t bring in a replacement. Pickford seems to have banished a lot of the negatives from his game, was world class in the derby.
Bill Watson
93 Posted 09/09/2022 at 02:02:47
Bjorn-Ivar #90

You obviously didn't see him at QPR, this time last year!

Roger #91


Steve Griffiths
94 Posted 09/09/2022 at 07:02:02
Peter 64, yes pictured training this week. So should be available for when the premier league returns, after the period of National mourning which began at midnight apparently!
Tony Everan
95 Posted 09/09/2022 at 07:17:45
Mike 85, credit to Brands for making that deal watertight, it has saved us millions. A dichotomy – big mistake buying him and a big success selling him back.

On the evidence, I could well be totally wrong, but I see something in Moise Kean. Most definitely not at those prices, but as a lower-priced punt for someone.

There is a fluidity and directness to his game, he is athletic and can be at the right place at the right time in the box. I think the player is immature and needs to work on the technical aspects. He could be a a different looking player at 25 years old.

I'm not holding my breath expecting that to happen, but will follow his career with a bit of interest.

Brian Murray
96 Posted 09/09/2022 at 08:43:09
With the monarch’s death, it looks like Pickford will miss one game at the most so no need for replacements.
Garry Martin
97 Posted 09/09/2022 at 14:01:12
Sadly, the Queen's death has prompted the FA to cancel all football fixtures this weekend, this means EFC will now miss Jordan for 2 games instead of 3.

COYB and, god bless our glorious Queen.

Ian Bennett
98 Posted 10/09/2022 at 09:23:21
Karius is out of contract 👀

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