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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1 Posted 14/06/2017 at 00:00:30
2 Posted 15/06/2017 at 00:04:26
3 Posted 15/06/2017 at 00:13:33
4 Posted 15/06/2017 at 00:18:52
Sending someone out to complete it shows that the club want business done.
5 Posted 15/06/2017 at 00:20:09
6 Posted 15/06/2017 at 00:21:54
7 Posted 15/06/2017 at 00:25:18
8 Posted 15/06/2017 at 00:25:26
9 Posted 15/06/2017 at 00:32:59
10 Posted 15/06/2017 at 00:55:09
11 Posted 15/06/2017 at 01:06:36
12 Posted 15/06/2017 at 02:01:34
14 Posted 15/06/2017 at 02:24:18
15 Posted 15/06/2017 at 04:44:25
Not to mention his distribution... the best I've ever seen! Slot him in at central midfield when we need to. ;)
16 Posted 15/06/2017 at 05:33:40
17 Posted 15/06/2017 at 05:34:13
18 Posted 15/06/2017 at 06:28:32
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.
19 Posted 15/06/2017 at 07:03:32
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.
20 Posted 15/06/2017 at 07:50:48
21 Posted 15/06/2017 at 08:08:33
Excellent that we are pushing the agenda and getting the deal done too.
NSNO is back.
22 Posted 15/06/2017 at 09:32:40
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.
23 Posted 15/06/2017 at 09:44:21
24 Posted 15/06/2017 at 10:43:09
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!
25 Posted 15/06/2017 at 11:02:23
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.
26 Posted 15/06/2017 at 11:31:58
Anyway, onwards and upwards.
27 Posted 15/06/2017 at 12:09:39
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.
28 Posted 15/06/2017 at 12:16:00
29 Posted 15/06/2017 at 12:22:52
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!
UP THE BLUES
30 Posted 15/06/2017 at 12:56:48
31 Posted 15/06/2017 at 13:54:35
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.
32 Posted 15/06/2017 at 14:11:32
Happy to keep him on as #2, but at 27 he must be feeling the urgency to find first-team football somewhere.
33 Posted 15/06/2017 at 15:34:18
Who would have thought 3 years ago that we would be spending 㿊M on a new keeper? We thought paying 㾻M for Fellaini back in 2008 was crazy money but 9 years later it's up to double that now for a good keeper.
㿅M for Bolasie and 㿀 for Schneiderlin seem to be the average rate now for a first team regular player.
I wonder will we pay over 㿞M for a striker in this window. I think we might... but who?
34 Posted 15/06/2017 at 15:51:24
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.
35 Posted 15/06/2017 at 16:33:45
36 Posted 15/06/2017 at 16:37:56
37 Posted 15/06/2017 at 16:40:05
38 Posted 15/06/2017 at 16:44:36
39 Posted 15/06/2017 at 16:46:42
40 Posted 15/06/2017 at 16:50:05
41 Posted 15/06/2017 at 16:52:36
42 Posted 15/06/2017 at 17:01:12
43 Posted 15/06/2017 at 17:02:38
44 Posted 15/06/2017 at 17:03:14
45 Posted 15/06/2017 at 17:05:49
46 Posted 15/06/2017 at 17:07:54
Doesn't leave Martinez with much of a legacy when you consider that Coleman, Jags, Baines and Mirallas are still around.
47 Posted 15/06/2017 at 17:12:34
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!
48 Posted 15/06/2017 at 17:32:42
Exciting summer to be a Blue.
49 Posted 15/06/2017 at 17:33:59
Welcome to the land of Blue, Jordan!!!
50 Posted 15/06/2017 at 17:35:29
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.
51 Posted 15/06/2017 at 18:09:49
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.
52 Posted 15/06/2017 at 18:10:39
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!!!!
53 Posted 15/06/2017 at 18:12:04
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.
54 Posted 15/06/2017 at 18:13:37
55 Posted 15/06/2017 at 18:18:51
56 Posted 15/06/2017 at 18:23:43
Good luck to him.
57 Posted 15/06/2017 at 18:24:55
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.
59 Posted 15/06/2017 at 18:30:25
60 Posted 15/06/2017 at 18:40:08
The Club's TV cut has quadrupled since Moyes was in charge but 㿊M 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!
61 Posted 15/06/2017 at 18:42:50
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.
62 Posted 15/06/2017 at 18:46:25
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.
64 Posted 15/06/2017 at 19:23:10
Pickford is a promising young keeper and no more. Try and keep things in perspective, please!
65 Posted 15/06/2017 at 19:26:45
66 Posted 15/06/2017 at 19:28:26
67 Posted 15/06/2017 at 19:41:10
68 Posted 15/06/2017 at 19:44:02
69 Posted 15/06/2017 at 19:44:39
70 Posted 15/06/2017 at 19:46:52
I just hope he is to be the understudy for Sandro Ramirez!
71 Posted 15/06/2017 at 19:48:16
72 Posted 15/06/2017 at 20:08:14
73 Posted 15/06/2017 at 20:12:10
Seriously, if this is the start of new players coming in, I reckon a good start and grounds for optimism surely.
74 Posted 15/06/2017 at 20:21:04
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.
75 Posted 15/06/2017 at 20:28:52
76 Posted 15/06/2017 at 20:34:25
Yep. Big Gloves.
77 Posted 15/06/2017 at 20:58:08
78 Posted 15/06/2017 at 21:08:32
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!
79 Posted 15/06/2017 at 21:15:09
Think of it as good business more than the old fashioned Moyes/Kenwright sell-to-buy policy.
80 Posted 15/06/2017 at 21:23:24
81 Posted 15/06/2017 at 21:25:26
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.
82 Posted 15/06/2017 at 21:34:28
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 㿔m, for example, allows that 㿔m 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.
83 Posted 15/06/2017 at 21:36:03
If he becomes England's top 'keeper, he wont be with us long. The vultures will definitely circle...
84 Posted 15/06/2017 at 21:41:16
85 Posted 15/06/2017 at 21:47:11
87 Posted 15/06/2017 at 21:49:39
88 Posted 15/06/2017 at 21:57:29
Hope you have a long successful stint between the sticks.
89 Posted 15/06/2017 at 22:48:34
90 Posted 15/06/2017 at 22:51:50
Is anyone still doubting the Moshiri Revival? ("Revolution", may be too strong a word.)
91 Posted 15/06/2017 at 22:59:29
92 Posted 15/06/2017 at 23:33:40
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.
93 Posted 16/06/2017 at 07:22:40
94 Posted 16/06/2017 at 16:20:38
95 Posted 16/06/2017 at 21:27:16
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