Pickford shortlisted for Player of the Month

Tuesday, 1 May, 2018 16comments  |  Jump to most recent

Jordan Pickford is among the names nominated for Premier League Player of the Month for April.

The Everton goalkeeper has been recognised for his form last month which included three clean sheets as the Blues grew 0-0 with Liverpool in the Merseyside derby and beat both Newcastle and Huddersfield without conceding.

Jordan Ayew's equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Sunderland was the only goal the England international conceded as Everton went unbeaten over those four games.

Meanwhile, Pickford's manager, Sam Allardyce, is on the shortlist of five for Premier League Manager of the Month alongside title-winning boss Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Roy Hodgson and Darren Moore.  

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Brian Williams
1 Posted 01/05/2018 at 16:47:12
Pickford, why not? Allardyce, just why?

Rhetorical questions btw.

Liam Reilly
2 Posted 01/05/2018 at 17:00:28
Think Ayew's equaliser was for Swansea, Lyndon- not Sunderland. Maybe a couple more years under Allardyce and we could be facong Sunderland.

Good on Jordan; England have two good keepers going to the WC.

Brian Harrison
3 Posted 01/05/2018 at 17:02:08
Who decides which managers are on the short list for manager of the month? I mean, Allardyce — they are seriously taking the proverbial out of Everton fans.

As much as it irks me to say it, surely it has to be Klopp — and he isn't even nominated. As well as not losing in April they beat Man City home and away in the Champions League and beat Roma 5-2 in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.

Matthew Williams
4 Posted 01/05/2018 at 17:06:09
Well deserved,been our best player by a distance, pity it wasn't an outfield player scoring goals for fun & bringing some real joy to the faithful.

Maybe next season...support our main man up top (Tosun) & he will score a shitload of goals...it what he does !.

Kase Chow
5 Posted 01/05/2018 at 19:08:18
Some on here really can’t give Sam ANY credit

You end up discrediting your own opinions lads - sorry to say

In a results business he’s got results and is the 6th best manager in the league since taking over. Fact

I don’t like his football (and I’m not sure I like him either). But to give him zero (or little credit) makes you small minded and a bit daft to be honest

Brian Williams
6 Posted 01/05/2018 at 19:16:35
Do you go to the games Kase?
Dennis Stevens
7 Posted 01/05/2018 at 19:17:59
Kase, if it really was a results business people wouldn't be so anti-Allardyce. It's actually an entertainment business & none is being provided. The only way people will put up with poor entertainment for the sake of the results is if they're desperate to survive or if they anticipate some silverware at the end of it. Even then, patience will start to wear thin.
Alan Fordham
8 Posted 01/05/2018 at 20:26:44
I have to agree with Kase a bit here. I am not a fan of Sam, not him or the football he plays (and acknowledge I don't get to games). However, I think we're getting on at the wrong person – the club knew who he was / the football he played and he's been true to that.

We were in a mess and with the potential of spiralling into a relegation scrap; at that time safety became a priority for me; perhaps not very ambitious but that is/was the reality, sadly. He's delivered safety and perhaps a little more in terms of league position. So don't berate him, it was the club that brought him in and he's just done his job the way he knows how.

As for manager of the month, based on results he does deserve the nomination (probably not to win it). I don't remember the last manager to win Manager of the Month for entertainment whilst losing games, though many have won it for grinding out results the way we have been.

Chris Leyland
9 Posted 01/05/2018 at 20:30:30
Brian - take those red-tinted specs off!!

It is the Premier League manager of the month not the Champions League. The shite have won once in April in the league and drawn against the bottom two during this time also failing to score in half their league games during the month.

Steve Ferns
10 Posted 01/05/2018 at 21:26:10
Drawing with Liverpool (understrength side too), drawing with Swansea, beating Newcastle, and beating Huddersfield is enough for manager of the month? Must have been a bad month.

Well done to JP, can't say I thought he had any real outstanding games in April though. Just been solid and steady like he's been all season (well bar a couple of clangers).

Kim Vivian
11 Posted 01/05/2018 at 22:20:03
How many of Pickford's clean sheets are down to him and how many are down to an improved defence? I'm with those who are saying Allardyce is getting slagged off too much. Don't particularly like the guy or the football he seems to encourage but as people say he has got us to where we are which is about as far as we were ever going to go this term so a little slack might be in order.

I do not want to see him here next year, I do hope we get 6 points from our final games and I do hope that Sam gets respectful treatment after the game on Saturday. We are Evertonians and we have our dignity so let's show it.

So from me, it will be "Thanks and ta-ra, Sam"

Steve Ferns
12 Posted 01/05/2018 at 22:30:06
I think that seeing as he has the 7th most expensive squad, and I don't have the stats, but I doubt 8th most expansive cost half what our £250m squad cost to buy. We also have the seventh highest wage bill, by a long long way. So is it really such a big feat to be the 6th best side since he took over, especially considering Arsenal haven't an away point in 2018.

Also, who've we beaten? What's his big win? What's his best win? Because all I've seen are narrow victories over teams I expected to beat, ie relegation fodder and promoted sides full of Championship level players. This is a crap league, and all he's done is achieve the minimum requirement (but he's not beaten everyone I expected to beat, such as the draw with West Brom and Swansea).

Lawrence Green
13 Posted 01/05/2018 at 22:31:32
Kim #11
How many points did JP earn us when we were not in form? Stoke City first game for example last minute save and quite a few more during the season too. As for Sam, I hope the ground is empty, save for Saints fans, come the end of the game on Saturday regardless of the result.

If the Board/Owner believe they can get away with another TWO years of Allardyce they will as it suits them rather than the supporters. I'm getting to the end of my tether with Everton FC and seeing Sam in the dugout next season will be the time when I say enough is enough. Bill K apparently thanked Sam for getting us out of the crap at tonight's awards, along with his pay-off should he leave us, what more would he want?

Kim Vivian
14 Posted 01/05/2018 at 22:55:48
Lawrence – point taken, but is this not Player of the Month for April? Stoke was in March and "during the season" was?... well – whenever. Point I was making was that I recall the defence doing a considerably improved job recently thus removing some pressure from JP. And this is Premier League player of the month? Cap doffed to Jordan for sure, but I am surprised tbh.
Lawrence Green
15 Posted 01/05/2018 at 23:18:18
Sorry, Kim (#14), My mistake, doing a bit of an Ashley Williams there, two Pickford threads and I chose the wrong one.

You're right the defence has improved but the opposition haven't thrown a great deal at us in the last month, perhaps Swansea did test us more than the others. It will be interesting on Saturday, as Southampton desperately need to win and will possibly test the defence more than recent matches.

Kim Vivian
16 Posted 02/05/2018 at 12:40:15
Yep Lawrence. It will be interesting. I hope for 6 points from the next two games but with Everton potentially being responsible for jettisoning both Soton and W Ham from the Prem They will both be looking to come at us so we could get nothing. As you say - it will be interesting.

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