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Sean Dyche wants Everton to give Pickford a new contract

12/02/2023 48comments  |  Jump to last

There are reports in the press today that Sean Dyche wants Everton to resolve the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Jordan Pickford's future at the club by agreeing to give him a new contract.

Earlier in the season, it was strongly rumoured that a new contract had been negotiated with the Everton and England Number 1, who is in his sixth season at the club under a deal that currently runs to June 2024.

It seems that the England international is willing to sign a new deal but the contract was rumoured to be stalled at Board level, with an apparent reluctance to sanction the £200k-per-week salary it is claimed to contain.

The suspected financial constraints the club remain under suggest that overly generous player salaries are significantly in excess of where they should be for a club with Everton's limited income, compounded by the need to fund the increased cost of the new Everton Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. 

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These uncertainties, combined with the very real threat of relegation and the persistent desires for Champions League clubs in the Premier League, including Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, to replace their ageing goalkeepers, suggest that Everton may choose to cash in on their star keeper in the summer rather than commit to a massive new contract that could prove to be beyond their means.   





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Garry Martin
1 Posted 12/02/2023 at 11:38:16
Relegation is the key element to this situation. If EFC stay up, I believe he will stay. Pickford enjoys playing for EFC due to his constant involvement in games due to EFC's defenders not being the best for the last 3 or 4 years.

However, if we go down, Pickford could well be the first out of the door.

Paul Hewitt
2 Posted 12/02/2023 at 11:49:29
No way will Pickford be here next season. Even if we stay up, I can still see him going to Spurs. The lad will want to play Champions League football. Ain't getting that with us.
Mick Roberts
3 Posted 12/02/2023 at 11:56:10
If we do cash in with the sale of Pickford, it would bring the inept ambitions of this board to light: sell all out best players, replace them with someone who is not up to the same standards. Resulting in season after season of not being relegated as a success.

That is if we avoid relegation this season, thanks to the board taking far too long to do the inevitable and remove the worst manager in Everton's history from his post.

Lee Courtliff
4 Posted 12/02/2023 at 12:06:45
No point keeping Jordan when we've got Dyche in charge so we may as well cash in. Sean will bring in a large keeper who can dominate the penalty area so we'll be far more solid when it comes to defending set-pieces. Hopefully we'll have enough left to invest in other areas of the team.

Good luck to Pickford, he's been a good keeper for us and I hope he has a successful career playing for Spurs, Man Utd rwhoever. He certainly won't have any success if he stays with us.

Sean Roe
5 Posted 12/02/2023 at 13:14:26
Stay or go, I'm not really bothered. We had keepers before him and we'll have keepers after him.

That's pretty much how I feel about anybody in this squad. It's been a long long time since I felt gutted when a player left.

Mark Ryan
6 Posted 12/02/2023 at 13:45:42
Would love to see Jordan stay. He's a top keeper and I enjoy watching his erratic nature and mannerisms. Great character to have in the team.

He's also a fucking headcase. I love his aggression and is always good to listen to. One of my favourite team players. I hope he stays.

Rob Halligan
7 Posted 12/02/2023 at 13:51:18
Paul #2.

He won't get it at Spurs next season either.

Joe McMahon
8 Posted 12/02/2023 at 13:54:34
Lee @4 makes a very good point. Burnley paid £1.3 million for Nick Pope.
Barry Rathbone
9 Posted 12/02/2023 at 13:55:30
His high points are terrific; the problem is his low points are always lurking and horrendous. On balance, this makes his contribution average over an entire season so no problem getting a competent but less flashy replacement when he leaves.

Just not concerned whether he stays or goes, tbh.

Mike Doyle
10 Posted 12/02/2023 at 14:13:42
Perhaps if Spurs are interested, there may be swap deal to be done – with Richarlison returning to us. Not only will he not be getting Champions League football at Spurs anytime soon … his occasional appearances off the bench or in League Cup matches could cost him his starting place in the Brazil side.

Richarlison is definitely a Sean Dyche type of player.

Rob @7, when you next see Seamus in Calderstones Park can you bounce this idea off him and see what he thinks?

John Keating
11 Posted 12/02/2023 at 14:24:41
£200k a week??!!

Sell to Spurs asap.

Robert Tressell
12 Posted 12/02/2023 at 14:30:22
Pickford is a Champions League style and standard goalkeeper. He is wasted at Everton. I expect Ten Hag would be pleased to have him at Man Utd.

We will be able to get a good commanding goalkeeper of the Nick Pope variety (not in Pickford's league) without spending a fortune. That will suit our more rudimental style.

We may even get Kellerher from the RS. He is also an extremely good footballing goalkeeper. I expect Liverpool will expect about £20M for him though. Might be too expensive.

Honestly, I think we've had so few players of genuine talent at the club recently, many fans don't even recognise the quality.

Dale Self
13 Posted 12/02/2023 at 14:32:40
Pickford's value will increase significantly with Dyche so this would just be sharing some future returns on a transfer. We aren't in a hurry and I doubt Spurs is Pickford's preference.
Will Mabon
14 Posted 12/02/2023 at 14:38:30
Mick @ 3,

I agree. The ongoing conversion to lower reaches survivor club continues if Pickford goes. Not hard to perceive how and where it ends; simply do the exact opposite of what successful clubs do.

Alan J Thompson
15 Posted 12/02/2023 at 14:44:49
I'd be sorry to see him go but we can't afford silly contracts and this makes it sound like he or his agent have approached the Board with a contract rather than the other way round.

Given Chelsea and Spurs certainly and probably a few others of the "Top Six" need improvements on their current keepers, then it could be quite some windfall and Bill is probably unstuffing a few sofa cushions as we speak.

Rob Halligan
16 Posted 12/02/2023 at 14:52:19
Mike # 10.

I bet Richarlison is regretting going to Spurs now. He's barely kicked a ball for them, and I don't think he's scored a Premier League goal for them yet.

If Spurs get knocked out the Champions League by AC Milan, then he won't be seeing much action in that competition any time soon.

Don Alexander
17 Posted 12/02/2023 at 15:00:13
With the gross ineptitude of Moshiri and Kenwright having financially killed us for seasons to come, when it comes to building a successful team, I am certain that they'll sell anyone and everything to mitigate the colossal financial losses they've "achieved".

Any other team offering even bog-standard fees will be able to plunder anyone they want from us.

Eric Myles
18 Posted 12/02/2023 at 15:01:41
Bye, bye Jordan, we need the money.
Eric Myles
19 Posted 12/02/2023 at 15:05:56
Rob #16,

I'm betting Richarlison's increased salary is more than enough cushion to assuage the splinters in his arse.

Fran Mitchell
20 Posted 12/02/2023 at 15:08:30
Definitely sold, his fee can go towards the installation of bullet proof glass and high tech security for the Directors Box in the new Everton Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.
Kevin Molloy
21 Posted 12/02/2023 at 15:08:57
His career's been on an upward trajectory pretty much since the Battle of Wounded Knee. He went into that challenge with no expectations and came out a winner.
Eric Myles
22 Posted 12/02/2023 at 15:11:01
Sean #5, Alan Ball for me.
Eric Myles
23 Posted 12/02/2023 at 15:16:57
Robert #12, I disagree, he's not wasted at our Club, he's a world class goalkeeper, we just need some more outfield players like him.
Mike Price
24 Posted 12/02/2023 at 15:17:35
There doesn't seem much clamour for his services and other clubs supporters seem unanimous in not wanting him.

Only Everton would be stupid enough to give him a much-improved contract. If he gets anywhere near £200k a week, it shows we have learnt nothing.

James Newcombe
25 Posted 12/02/2023 at 15:19:52
£200k a week? Great goalkeeper (eventually!) but we can't be shelling out that kind of money.
John Chambers
26 Posted 12/02/2023 at 15:31:37
It will be interesting to see where we are in the summer window as we already have £40M for Gordon and will get the £30M or so for Moise Kean so, presumably, will not have to sell.

With some of the bigger wage earners already gone and Mina to follow this summer, hopefully the balance sheet will be improving and we can start to build the team by retaining the key players, eg, Pickford, and filling a few gaps.

David Thom
27 Posted 12/02/2023 at 15:32:38
He is our only genuinely Champions League quality player - perhaps Patterson and Onana will be in years to come, but he is our absolute stand out ‘asset' at the moment.

He is also, however, perfect for Dyche's style of play. He is on record as saying that he values what variation in keeper distribution can bring to his system – the idea of creating chaos with a switch in momentum from back to front and Pickford excels at this.

His occasional brain farts are hardly unique to him, there is not a single keeper in the Premier League who is immune from them, but there are very few with his shot-stopping and footballing ability. He kept us up last season, let's face it.

So we either give him the £200k a week knowing that it will make contract renewals and discussions more difficult with other players, or we get minimum £50M for him, ease financial concerns, but allow another top-drawer player to slip through our fingers – not an easy decision given our current position.

Robert Tressell
28 Posted 12/02/2023 at 16:45:54
Eric #23. I know what you mean, but unfortunately we haven't the money to assemble such players in the short term.

And we probably need the proceeds of his sale to allow for a wider rebuild. Hopefully that includes some players who are also in his class.

James Flynn
29 Posted 12/02/2023 at 19:12:28
If £200k is legit, he's leaving.

Besides, he's neither that good, nor so irreplaceable.

We're currently paying £450k per week in centre-backs alone, 3 of whom barely play. Only one of whom, Mina, is leaving.

I'd be surprised Moshiri takes another £200k per week on, given our current financial situation.

Kunal Desai
30 Posted 12/02/2023 at 19:23:01
Irrespective of our status come the end of the season, Pickford will be gone. Guaranteed Moshiri will use those proceeds towards the final phase of funding towards the stadium, similar to the Gordon sale. A cheaper option, a mediocre replacement will be brought in.

On the footballing side, Moshiri is clearly content in asset-stripping to get the stadium over the line.

Paul Kernot
31 Posted 12/02/2023 at 19:42:34
He wants more, we can't afford it, he'll go. End of.
Sean Byrne
32 Posted 12/02/2023 at 21:46:22
A decent keeper but not irreplaceable especially if we get 50m+
Danny Baily
33 Posted 12/02/2023 at 21:51:29
An erratic keeper. If he goes, it's no great loss. Especially so if we get decent money for him.
Alan McGuffog
34 Posted 12/02/2023 at 21:56:51
I mentioned on another thread...if he goes ( and I'd want £50m + ) go for Kelleher ( sp) across the park. He wants first team footy
Mike Gaynes
35 Posted 12/02/2023 at 22:09:24
Rob #16, I predicted when the Rich-to-Spurs rumor first surfaced that he'd never be a starter for Spurs unless someone got hurt, because Kane/Son/Kulusevski were all better players. And that was even before they signed Perisic. And now Danjuma.

Rich has played a grand total of 60 minutes in their last five games. And it's not gonna get better for him unless there's a plague of injuries.

David #27, you got it right.

Bjorn-Ivar Pedersen
36 Posted 12/02/2023 at 23:24:48
Good news actually if we sell Picky, we might end up we someone better, someone who can save balls at the foot at the upright, a place i've never seen Picky pick a ball. But still the worst about Picky, he never hold a ball, he always punch it to the nearest opponent. Many a time I have suspected him to fix games.
But, there is one we could try to lure to the club. I have seen him stand as a brick wall against us, I refuse to believe he is only good against us.
And that is Leed's Illan Meslier. He is only an inch shorter than Begovic.
And his reflexes are real good, and his reach is impeccable.
Ian Pilkington
37 Posted 12/02/2023 at 23:40:34
Jordan Pickford was our best player last season, his goalkeeping quite simply saved us from relegation. I cannot imagine why anyone on here would seriously believe that selling him would be advantageous.

As he already is a world class goalkeeper and first choice for England, playing in the Champions League is certainly not a requirement for him. Sean Dyche is absolutely correct in forcing our wretched board into offering him a new contract.

Danny Baily@33: your comments only reinforce my belief that you are an RS fifth columnist.

Kieran Kinsella
38 Posted 12/02/2023 at 23:44:08

I’m on the same page as you. I think on his day Pickford is world class and off his fat he’s very good.

Rob Halligan
39 Posted 12/02/2023 at 23:58:37
Seems Pickford has a few bezzie mates on here, and have told them that he’s leaving!
Martin Mason
40 Posted 13/02/2023 at 00:06:20
The reality is that to stay in business Everton can't afford £200k/week players no matter how good they are and Jordan is the very best.
Eric Myles
41 Posted 13/02/2023 at 00:08:19
Robert #23, unfortunately I think the money we get for him will go the same way as the Arteta and Gordon money.
Christine Foster
42 Posted 13/02/2023 at 04:00:39
Hmm.. there is a cynic in me that looks at this and sees every news media outlet running with this story, (not even a different amount) and thinks, here we go again. I have to wonder where this story originated from, an "insider" perhaps? Just make sure the word gets around Has all the same marks of outrage as James allegedly getting, 200k then 250k a week.. again same comments, cannot afford, get rid, we need the money.. and so it continues, the justification for selling, blaming the player for being greedy.. as I said where did this come from? A boardroom briefing on the quiet, just a hint in the right quarter, perhaps?
Jerome Shields
43 Posted 13/02/2023 at 07:08:11
The problem is that the Everton Board is not of the standard required to keep such a player and the sale of such a player is required to keep them in the positions they are in, trying to level the short falls of their Management in the books.
Mike Price
44 Posted 13/02/2023 at 10:56:25
I hope we sell him. For all the shot stopping he makes lots of errors that have led to goals, he never comes and claims crosses and very rarely steals a game for us.

He’s neurotic and does not command his area which obviously has a big knock on effect on the way our defence plays.

Not many teams in this league would swap their goalkeeper with ours and if Southgate wasn’t England manager he’d be lucky to make the squad.

There’s no clamour for him at all, Spurs are desperate for a goalie but no moves were made in January. He’s not the hot property lots of Evertonians think he is but his agents are doing a good job of throwing 200k per week out there in the hope that some moron bites and they get anywhere near that.

Alan J Thompson
45 Posted 13/02/2023 at 12:17:42
Mike(#44); You mean morons like Man Utd who it was reported were paying De Gea 350K per week.
Rob Dolby
46 Posted 13/02/2023 at 22:04:43
After tonight's game, I would quite happily sell Pickford and bring in another keeper during the summer. His head falls off at Anfield.
Eric Myles
47 Posted 14/02/2023 at 00:06:36
Where does this £200k come from? The report I read says he wants to double his pay from the £50k he's on now.
Mick O'Malley
48 Posted 14/02/2023 at 16:00:31
I'd have to admit to being in the “Couldn't care less if he moves on” camp. I've always thought he was erratic and he concedes a lot of shots from outside the area.

He's a bit small for my liking, he does have excellent reactions but, as someone said above, we've had keepers before and we'll replace him if he leaves. He's been here 6 years plus so, if the lad thinks he can better himself elsewhere, then so be it.

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