Jordan Pickford is in line for contract talks with Everton that could lead to him spending the rest of his prime years with the club, according to multiple reports.
Pickford has been Everton’s first-choice goalkeeper since signing from Sunderland in 2017. He also became an England international last year and is number one for the national team to this day.
The 28-year-old has divided opinion in recent years. But in his defence, he was one of Everton’s key performers to thank for avoiding relegation last season.
Now, though, he is entering the final two years of his contract at Goodison Park. There have been links with a move away, such as to Tottenham Hotspur (or Newcastle before they signed Nick Pope instead).
But Pickford’s future could still be on Merseyside. Outlets such as the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and the Daily Mail have all carried their own news regarding the chances of a contract extension.
All sources indicate that Everton are willing to open talks with their shot-stopper. Although he is one of their most marketable assets amid a need to comply with the Premier League’s profit and sustainability guidelines, they are eager to keep hold of him.
He could be a building block for Frank Lampard’s side in the years to come. At the age of 28, any renewal would ensure the rest of his prime years would be spent with Everton.
Indeed, the club are expecting smooth progress and a positive outcome in their talks.
Therefore, Pickford should be able to add to his tally of 199 appearances for the club. From those outings, he has kept 54 clean sheets.
Jordan Pickford should extend Everton stay
Pickford has been in the spotlight sometimes and is not a universally popular choice as England’s number one.
But he has found some stability in recent months, even if the club he is part of have struggled as a whole.
Jordan Pickford could be made available this summer
Everton could put Jordan Pickford up for sale this summer in order to raise funds, with Newcastle and Spurs interested.
Therefore, as they aim to improve their structure, keeping Pickford could be a good decision. They can rely on him further in the years to come.
And with exit routes closing off, what with Newcastle taking Pope and Tottenham potentially looking elsewhere for a Hugo Lloris successor, Pickford would benefit from staying where he has guarantees of gametime as well.