Everton to hold Pickford contract talks

Wednesday, 29 June, 2022 14comments  |  Jump to most recent

Everton are planning to open negotiations with Jordan Pickford over a new contract as he enters the final two years of his current deal.

According to reports, the club are set to hold talks with Pickford and his representatives over new terms in a bid ti to hold onto their player of the season for 2021-22.

Pickford has been in impressively consistent form since returning from injury in the early part of last year and pulled off some brilliant and priceless saves during the run-in to this past season as the Blues successfully avoided relegation.

The England international's remarkable save against Chelsea at Goodison Park in April was voted as the save of the season and it was illustrative of the former Sunderland man's worth to Everton.

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Though the club's hierarchy are said to be willing to listen to reasonable offers for all of their more saleable assets, The Guardian's Andy Hunter suggests that the Blues are keen to retain Pickford as speculation continues to mount over the possibility that Richarlison might be about to leave Goodison Park for Tottenham Hotspur.


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Bernie Quinn
1 Posted 29/06/2022 at 21:36:12
Music to my ears! The Club is being positive.
Alan J Thompson
2 Posted 30/06/2022 at 05:38:16
I'm pleased that Everton are trying to hold on to Pickford as we can't be selling all our better players as it would be difficult, perhaps even pointless cashwise, in trying to find players of equal quality.

However, having said that, I did think that goalkeeper was the one position where we might have adequate, if not equal, cover.

Sean Roe
3 Posted 30/06/2022 at 05:49:43
I've never been sure about Pickford. He makes some absolute howlers and doesn't command the box well in my opinion.

On the other hand, he makes several saves a season that he has absolutely no right to make and which have proven match-winners, or at least saved us from losing.

Hopefully with a better and more organised defence in front of him, he will flourish and is just coming into his prime. Overall, a good and sensible bit of business.

Danny O’Neill
4 Posted 30/06/2022 at 06:28:07
I'm probably in the same position as a few others.

If you'd have asked me 2 years ago, I'd have been indifferent as he was erratic and seemed to lose the plot and his head too often. I think one poster once described him as a cat dancing on hot tin.

But something changed and he has matured, calmed down and is showing how good he can be, especially in terms of shot-stopping. Some unbelievable saves last season. We talk about Richarlison's contribution, but Pickford's saves were arguably more vital. I still don't know how he pulled off that 30-second drama in front of my own eyes. And I was right in line from the Main Stand, wide-eyed and holding my breath.

He does still seem to be an on-the-line, in-the-6-yard-box type of keeper. I'd like to see him taking control, commanding his area and coming out more. But that may be symptomatic of our deep-sitting defence. And I still get a bit frustrated with his Rugby like kicks into touch for territory rather than trying to hit a blue shirt.

But maybe I'm being overly critical. I'd welcome him re-signing. At 28 years old, he's about to go into his prime as a goalkeeper.

Mike Gaynes
5 Posted 30/06/2022 at 06:32:41
Sean, I couldn't be more sure about Pickford.

He hasn't made an "absolute howler" in a year and a half.

And he made a lot more than "several saves" this season that wound up keeping us in the Premier League.

If there's one player who must be kept happy as we go through this transitional period, he's it.

Colin Glassar
6 Posted 30/06/2022 at 06:49:46
He's a nutter but he's our nutter. I say keep him.
Mike Price
7 Posted 30/06/2022 at 10:59:36
I’d be delighted if we could have got our money back on him. He’s erratic and that has a knock on effect on the rest of the defence. He cannot command his area and that invites pressure and panic.
Fraser Forster on a free, or Butland would have been good replacements and his sale would have helped our finances.
Sean Roe
8 Posted 30/06/2022 at 13:21:16
Mike @ 5,

He hasn't made a howler for a good length of time, admittedly. But he's as capable of a howler as he is in pulling off a worldy, in my opinion. But then I guess that could be said of any keeper.

He is certainly much improved from a few years ago and I agree he is a player we need to keep happy. In all, the goalkeeper position is the least of my worries

Robert Tressell
9 Posted 30/06/2022 at 13:28:52
All keepers are capable of howlers. Pickford has all the attributes top class Champions League sides are looking for. He's good enough and of the right style to play for Man City.
Chris Leyland
10 Posted 30/06/2022 at 13:59:37
That’s him gone then, probably later this summer. Contract talks will break down and we will spin it that he wants to leave and we are forced to sell to protect his value.
Ian Pilkington
11 Posted 30/06/2022 at 16:29:43
It is essential that we extend his contract, he is the best player currently on our books.

It’s nonsense to suggest that we would be better off with the transfer money and Butland or Foster, whilst the Barcodes are welcome to Pope.

Pickford last season established himself as the best Everton goalkeeper since the heyday of Big Nev. He may never emulate our greatest ever ‘keeper but he has the potential to be as good as, or even better than Gordon West.

Goalkeepers do not have to play for Champions League teams. Jordan’s greatest predecessor in the England shirt, Gordon Banks, played for Leicester and Stoke!

Let’s be happy to continue have England’s No 1 between the goalposts

James Flynn
12 Posted 01/07/2022 at 11:25:52
The last 2 seasons he's cut out the dumb mistakes. Pretty remarkable. I didn't think he would.

Our keeper had a pretty good season, yet we still conceded 66.

Let's get a couple of fast tough midfielders this window, so Jordan doesn't have attackers flying at him every game.


Martin Mason
13 Posted 01/07/2022 at 15:34:57
Just read that Spurs are circling around Pickford. Please don't let it happen, he is our Number One key player.
Jay Harris
14 Posted 01/07/2022 at 18:33:34
The most important positions GK, CB, CM and CF. If we can keep Pickford, get a high-quality DM and a competitor for Calvert-Lewin, we can be happy that the spine is sorted.

Pickford hasn't indicated he wants away.

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