One of the reasons England managed to have one of their finest World Cup campaigns this summer was Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. The 24-year old Evertonian made some terrific saves for England and was one of the best keepers of the tournament.
Pickford’s performances might see him become a target for some of Europe’s top clubs. Bayern Munich showed a lot of interest in the youngster and could sign him as a replacement for Manuel Neuer.
However, former Everton boss David Moyes thinks that Pickford should stay at Goodison Park. Moyes was the one who chose Pickford to be Sunderland’s first choice goalkeeper when he was just 22.
Moyes said, “I think Everton is the right club for Jordan. It’s a big club, he’s only just moved and I would say to him it would be stupid to even consider another move if there was to be an option for him.”
“I think it will help him being at Everton because he will get enough work and he’s got a chance to develop without every single thing he does being scrutinised. He is still young and he just needs to keep getting his games in. The last thing he needs to bother about is any speculation. If you go to the World Cup and do as well as he has done, you’ve shown you can stand on any stage.”
“But all he needs to do is go back to Everton, keep working and look to improve. Don’t let anything slip, don’t be complacent. At the moment he is a young player who has played very well. But the key to being a top player is going back and performing just as well.”
The former Manchester United manager is of the opinion that Pickford could go on to be England’s No.1 goalkeeper for the next 10 years provided he maintains his professionalism on and off the pitch.
“Near enough everybody accepts him as England’s No.1 now and, at the age he is, that shows how good he is,” said Moyes. “But there’s also a chance that if he does it right, there is longevity for him. He could easily be England’s No1 for the next ten years.”
“He was always going to reach the top level because he’s got the ability. It was always about him putting the hours in, making sure he eats well and lives well. He looks much leaner now and he’s got himself in really good physical condition. But now it is up to him to maintain and improve on his standards.”