The 24-year-old's new terms represent the longest of any player on the club's books, a statement of the Blues' faith that the England goalkeeper will be first choice at Goodison Park for many years to come as well as a guarantee that any interested buyers would have to offer a massive fee to prise him away.
Pickford was signed by Everton last year in a deal that will ultimately be worth £30m, a fee derided at the time in some quarters but which could end up being regarded as money very well spent.
"When I made the move last year, I thought Everton would be a great club to come to and the right step in my career," Pickford in the announcement confirming his new contract.
"Getting the opportunity to become England's number one was down to being at Everton, I believe, and being able to put in solid performances week in and week out.
"Coming to Everton, a massive club with a massive history and seeing how passionate and determined the fans are, it's inspired me to perform week in and week out and it's moved my career on, without question.
"This is a great club for me and, hopefully, we can get the success for the fans to earn the right to be a legend at Everton one day, each and every one of us."
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2 Posted 26/09/2018 at 19:48:55
Very positive news for once.
3 Posted 26/09/2018 at 19:54:42
4 Posted 26/09/2018 at 20:06:30
5 Posted 26/09/2018 at 20:09:20
What does please me is the message this sends out. England's number 1. In demand after the world cup, Chelsea came sniffing and were told where to go. now he's signed a new deal. It's a message of Everton holding onto their stars.
That said, £50m in the bank and Jack Butland as a replacement would have been very tempting.
6 Posted 26/09/2018 at 20:24:52
Top goalkeeper and still young enough to improve.
7 Posted 26/09/2018 at 20:25:29
'all the tools (except height)
'I do have some doubts.'
'£50m in the bank and Jack Butland as a replacement would have been very tempting.'
Are you still acting as MS's mouthpiece or have you come to these decisions yourself?
This fella is the real thing - fear not Ferns.
Jason - believe in your own ability and you will be the best - even rubbing shoulders with our Nev. I can pay you no greater compliment than that.
8 Posted 26/09/2018 at 20:38:02
9 Posted 26/09/2018 at 20:41:02
Well said, mate.
Good luck to Jordan as well as Jason.
10 Posted 26/09/2018 at 20:41:46
11 Posted 26/09/2018 at 20:42:12
12 Posted 26/09/2018 at 20:42:22
@Tony Abrahams - and you think that's his fault?
13 Posted 26/09/2018 at 20:59:06
James Marshall said we're going to be playing three at the back on Saturday, which will obviously mean Mina is going to make his debut?
We have been short defensively, and I personally think that this change of tactic will really benefit us in the short-term, which is not something I want to look past right now, because it's really important that the crowd get right behind Silva and his players right now?
14 Posted 26/09/2018 at 21:01:22
15 Posted 26/09/2018 at 21:11:28
16 Posted 26/09/2018 at 21:12:28
For those worrying about his height- he is the same as the great Nev... 6'-1". A wholesome lad with bags of talent and a super attitude. I am chuffed.
17 Posted 26/09/2018 at 21:17:15
What are we a 'selling' club?
Why would you, the apparent Evertonian version of the 'Sage of Omaha' want to sell him?
Stick to your day job, mate!- and stop playing Soccer Manager!!
18 Posted 26/09/2018 at 21:18:59
Players are now taller. He's a good keeper but not the best.
19 Posted 26/09/2018 at 21:23:01
20 Posted 26/09/2018 at 21:40:58
21 Posted 26/09/2018 at 21:45:22
22 Posted 26/09/2018 at 21:50:33
23 Posted 26/09/2018 at 22:01:03
The cornerstone of all good sides is the keeper.
Well done, Brands (presumably), for getting this done.
24 Posted 26/09/2018 at 22:10:12
As John #1 says, he will benefit greatly from having a stable back 4 in front of him.
25 Posted 26/09/2018 at 23:09:20
26 Posted 26/09/2018 at 23:12:14
Jordan has the opportunity to become one and I don't think he will disappoint us.
27 Posted 26/09/2018 at 23:36:10
28 Posted 26/09/2018 at 23:47:48
Jordan last season was pissing me off a bit with his goal kicks. He often - read frequently - "out-kicked his coverage" as we'd say over here to borrow an NFL reference. He'd over-cook the shit out of his punts and goal kicks straight to the opposing defense or keeper.
This summer at the World Cup, he played the ball out from the back and was much, much more accurate with his goal kicks and punts.
He's improving his distribution, and he's one hell of a shot stopper.
This kid will be a brick wall for us for a long time to come. And he's clearly working on his game diligently.
Good egg too. Seems to have his head screwed on straight.
Very, very good signing. I'm thrilled.
29 Posted 26/09/2018 at 23:51:11
His butt looks like it's the strongest part of his body. And it must be because he reacts with that leg and lower body strength faster than any keeper I've seen.
His ass could win an arm wrestling contest against Mike Tyson.
Sometimes I digress.
30 Posted 26/09/2018 at 23:55:37
31 Posted 27/09/2018 at 07:17:54
32 Posted 27/09/2018 at 07:45:12
Great move and an excellent guy!
33 Posted 27/09/2018 at 07:47:04
34 Posted 27/09/2018 at 08:17:22
35 Posted 27/09/2018 at 08:39:28
36 Posted 27/09/2018 at 10:48:55
37 Posted 27/09/2018 at 11:07:28
Nonetheless, regarding this height business, surely while being taller helps in many situations, in others (such as getting down quickly to make saves when the ball is on or near the ground) it is better not to be the CN tower?
38 Posted 27/09/2018 at 11:23:26
Having a dig at your olders and probably better eh'
Perhaps your own passing will be marked only by streaks on the bed sheets of life.
39 Posted 27/09/2018 at 12:02:31
I think you would have got a hand to it !!
42 Posted 27/09/2018 at 12:43:26
He is the same height as Southall and taller than the World Cup winning keeper Captain – Dino Zoff
So, unless the goals have increased in size and I haven't noticed, the pundits can suck my shrivelled tessies.
43 Posted 27/09/2018 at 13:04:08
I was a goalkeeper myself for many years, and at 6'-2", I was a decent blend of tall (ish) and agile. Pickford is only 6'-1" so he is quite short for a pro keeper these days, but again so what?
Some of my favourite keepers have been shorter. Southall: 6'-1". Jose Luis Chilavert: 6'-1". Rene Higuita 5'-9". Lev Yashin 6'-2". None of them giants but all of them giants of the game.
44 Posted 27/09/2018 at 13:09:25
No doubting he will get even better, done well to tie him down to a 6 year contract, not that it will stop others chancing their arm should they wish to sign him.
45 Posted 27/09/2018 at 13:35:09
46 Posted 27/09/2018 at 13:38:15
A tall, well-built goalkeeper is a must these days because the outfield players are enormous. When Southall, Zoff, and Shilton etc were playing 30 years ago, they didn't come up against players every week who were 6ft-5in plus. The outfield players in today's game are monsters. Just walking around the streets these days, kids are all huge. People are getting bigger.
Pickford is tiny for a keeper – really small. I don't think Pickford makes himself big enough between the sticks either. West Ham's 3rd goal two weeks ago should've been kept out. Pickford is definitely too small for the modern game.
He's really poor coming for crosses, doesn't flatten enough players clearing his lines because he is not very imposing, parries shots back into open play too often... Just not very good.
Jordan's stock did rise for a short while due to saving penalties for England but who cares about that?
I think it's a bad move by the club, this 6-year deal for Pickford. As per usual EFC are to over-generous and too kind. What happens if Pickford's decline this season continues and he becomes the next Joe Hart?? We end up stuck with a dud once more on a massive contact... We never learn.
47 Posted 27/09/2018 at 13:59:04
I've always coached my keepers to move and follow the play and to be off their line as it narrows the angle and gives a smaller target to aim at for the attacker, now how far off the line is down to judgement typically, but in training situations, I have always tried to guide this.
The fact that he is on one side for a freekick, yes that's where he should be and is the reason for a wall.
I don't remember this being a trait of Southall's; if it was then I'd put that down to amazing judgement some luck and him being a bit of a one off!
48 Posted 27/09/2018 at 14:15:24
Re, Southall being a one off, Pat Nevin came to speak at the London Supporters' meeting last year.
He told a story of the players pissing themselves laughing because at the end of training they would all try to beat Nev from a distance with shots.
They hardly ever could. And it was with Nev holding his arms by his side and not using them. Apparently his anticipation was so fantastic he would be able to save with his feet, head etc.
49 Posted 27/09/2018 at 14:43:24
However although my early 60's team with West was my favourite without doubt the 80's team with Nev was the luckiest.
Not lucky in what they achieved but lucky in having one of the greatest goalies in living memory.
I bet there are very few people alive today who can honestly say there wer loads better keepers that Nev.
So why all of a sudden to we have to have these 6'5" giants to be par for the course ?
Great to see the Club, after so many years, taking steps to keep our better players and getting rid of the crap.
50 Posted 27/09/2018 at 14:46:47
Have we therefore just doubled his wages (since his England campaign and Chelseas overtures) for a 12 month extension? Did the geniuses insert a minimum fee release clause too?
I wont be proverbially slapping Marcel Brands or anyone else on the back just yet.
51 Posted 27/09/2018 at 15:31:19
I think it's a sensible move by the club; it was a promise made by Steve Walsh when he was signed, apparently, that his contract would be reviewed if he did well. I agree that, for some of us fans, he could have done better. Let's see if he does improve with this kind of security and statement of confidence behind him.
Tony Marsh... "really small"!!! Your innate ability to spout incomprehensible hyperbole never disappoints.
52 Posted 27/09/2018 at 15:51:40
We have a dynamic DOF and a young hungry manager who is committed to the project who says he needs a long term job building a great team.
The building blocks are being laid on stable foundations, it bodes well for the future of EFC. We are gradually getting back to being a proper well run and competitive football club.
53 Posted 27/09/2018 at 16:16:23
I have no problem at looking at Liverpool and how they started rebuilding when Klopp came. I'm not sure but I think only Sturridge and Henderson were first team players, from when Klopp arrived, that played in last Saturday's team against Southampton.
It has taken the Liverpool manager over three years and quite a few mistakes to get Liverpool into the very good position that are in now. Brands and Silva have been here four months, just think about that... they deserve a lot more time I think.
54 Posted 27/09/2018 at 16:19:43
I'm not sure he would always play on his goal line though in games.
55 Posted 27/09/2018 at 16:21:36
I get told by fellow TWers and pundits (usually ex RS players) how his distribution is outstanding but I just don't see it. Admittedly, there were times last season where he caught the ball and launched an attack with a low-trajectory ball but other top keepers do this regularly. I see Neuer as the ultimate goalkeeping-distributor.
A lot of times with Pickford, he finds touch or an opposition player. He gave the ball away the other week against West Ham which resulted in a goal. Maybe it's a case that I'm only remembering the miscues but I might start taking more notice of how many times he actually finds a blue shirt. My suspicion is that it isn't as often as his reputation suggests.
The other criticism I would have of him is that he palms shots away across goal. I remember during the World Cup, Ryan Giggs was a pundit and he recounted tales of Southall practising palming the ball out for a throw-in. Southall is still the best goalkeeper I've seen at Everton, closely followed by Nigel Martyn.
57 Posted 27/09/2018 at 16:57:56
And it doesn't tie the player to the club at all – as soon as the agent smells more cash, they are off!
58 Posted 27/09/2018 at 17:24:44
Yeah I dont think its a bad thing and Im certainly not one of his critics just not leaping with excitement at what is clearly a wage hike disguised (at least to some) as a masterstroke.
I hope hes with us for many years to come and is paid handsomely in the process, preferably by way of performance related bonuses!
60 Posted 27/09/2018 at 18:12:35
Another really positive contribution. Do you think there is anything positive about the club? If you do perhaps you could let us know what it is?
61 Posted 27/09/2018 at 18:20:34
62 Posted 27/09/2018 at 20:12:29
Other than coming for crosses I don't see how height wouldn't have been a factor facing shots 30 years ago versus now. If he could have done better against West Ham surely that is a technical issue rather than height related. The goals have gotten larger.
Also on the height thing, I don't see that many 6'-5" players but, even if there are, Pickford is 6'-1". He is four inches shorter, but he can use his arms which actually gives him a couple of feet advantage over the tallest of blokes if they are competing in the air.
That being said, as a keeper he doesn't even have to connect with the ball these days. All he has to do is jump in the vicinity of an opposition player and the ref will automatically give him a free kick.
63 Posted 27/09/2018 at 21:18:00
65 Posted 27/09/2018 at 21:29:40
66 Posted 27/09/2018 at 21:39:16
Seeing all the awful players on huge salaries signed by the club over the last 2 years, forgive me If I feel a bit uneasy about giving Pickford 6 more years. Pickford isn't a world beater, he is just okay. Have we learned nothing from the Klaassen, Sandro and more recently Gana deals??
Pickford has been poor this season and gets rewarded with a massive long-term deal. I don't believe he deserves such an incredible gesture from the club. If it does go tits-up, then we are stuck with another highly paid dud we can't shift. We can't afford to be so casual dishing out long-term contracts any more.
67 Posted 27/09/2018 at 22:19:00
Just my opinion but, if you are 6'-1" and have arms, you should still have a strong advantage against a 6'-5" attacker.
The dimensions of the goal posts have not changed so I don't see any reason why Pickford can't protect them like the 6'-1" keepers of the past.
I am not totally convinced by him, and a 6-year deal does seem overly generous but he certainly has talent.
68 Posted 28/09/2018 at 04:14:13
Enjoy spending silly money on a ticket to get into the ground so these greedy fuckers can drive Ferraris and live in mansions after playing 5 minutes in the top leagues. Clearly I'm skint and jealous but still, takes the piss. :P
69 Posted 28/09/2018 at 11:48:30
To much to soon. He's a good goalkeeper but I certainly can't back him yet as being top class never mind amongst the best in the Premier league.
He has no competition at Everton nor does he have much for England because the other lads can't use their feet even though I'd class Butland and Forster better keepers.
70 Posted 29/09/2018 at 09:25:08
#19 Kieran the idea that Casillas is 6'1 always made me laugh, 5'11 tops.
Watching Everton, out of left field my partner announced Pickford has legs like a woman! I was honestly speechless!
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