Pickford named England U21 Player of the Year

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Jordan Pickford has been named Vauxhall England U21 Player of the Year for 2017, the latest acknowledgement of his burgeoning reputation as the best young goalkeeper in the game.

The Everton stopper was recognised for his sparkling form for Sunderland, the Toffees and his country with the award while Harry Kane was named England Player of the Year in the senior category.

"I felt I had a good year", the 23-year-old said. "I did well at the [Under21] Euros and that helped me on the pathway to the senior side."  

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Jamie Evans
1 Posted 22/01/2018 at 17:52:53
Congratulations, Jordan. You certainly get enough practice playing behind our defence.
Kenny Smith
2 Posted 22/01/2018 at 17:56:55
Must make a change for him picking up awards rather than the ball out of the back of our net.

Best player by a mile this season so far and I can't imagine that changing.

Brent Stephens
3 Posted 22/01/2018 at 18:13:34
Great. A good signing. His shot saving, anticipation and bravery is impressive. And I guess he'll get better on some of his decision-making on getting rid of the ball and his kicking from the ground.
Dermot Byrne
4 Posted 22/01/2018 at 19:39:28
Good news! Must be why we are now on 286 posts!
Jim Hardin
5 Posted 22/01/2018 at 21:24:11
Good for him. Well earned.
Liam Reilly
6 Posted 23/01/2018 at 08:09:15
Must be pushing for a starting birth in Russia in the summer, then the tabloids can all speculate about which of the 'big 6' he can play for next season.

Cracking keeper; hopefully will be the cornerstone of the Everton rearguard for many years to come.

Ian Jones
7 Posted 23/01/2018 at 09:21:06
Good to win awards. In some games, he seems to be the only one getting the ball forward quickly. I also like it that he is very willing to have a go at the players when needed.

My only 2 criticisms are his apparent preference to punching the ball when catching the ball would have been a viable option (especially when not under any real pressure). The other negative is that he often parries the ball into dangerous areas.

Jamie Crowley
9 Posted 23/01/2018 at 16:05:53
Completely deserved v this kid is gold.

Does need to learn to back it up a notch when taking goal kicks. His nuclear leg continually over kicks the ball past our striker back to the opponent. But he is young and that one small negative aspect of his game will correct in time.

We are lucky to have him. Well done kid.

Andy Williams
10 Posted 23/01/2018 at 22:49:28
Excellent news for the lad. Still learning but as long as continues as he has been and doesn't let the naysayers get to him he will be a gem.
David Israel
11 Posted 24/01/2018 at 13:36:33
I know it's early days, but I think he'll be right up there with Gordon West, Neville Southall and Nigel Martyn.
Neil Cremin
12 Posted 25/01/2018 at 23:18:28
Agree, Brent

You didn't include his tendency to parry the ball back into play instead of holding it or at least turn it out for a corner, otherwise a good keeper with plenty to learn before he will be at Southall's class.

Agree Ian, Just saw your post. Glad to see I am not the only person who is not convince that he is the finished article.

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