Everton must not sell goalkeeper Jordan Pickford this summer as the 29-year-old continues to prove his value to the club.
However, Pickford must be one asset that the Blues do everything in their power to retain this summer, regardless of the fee offered by any potential buyer.
The 29-year-old has for the third time in the past six years picked up Everton’s Men’s Player of the Season award, exemplifying his contribution in recent years.
Indeed, in the past two seasons in particular, Pickford has been integral in the Toffees fight to remain in the Premier League, and I am almost certain the club would have been relegated were it not for his performances.
His form throughout the 2021/22 season was outstanding, and a remarkable double save in Everton’s crucial 1-0 over Chelsea was perhaps the best I have seen.
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Further impressive displays in 2022/23 have cemented the keeper as one of the best around, notably his penalty save against Leicester City’s James Maddison during a 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium, which was ultimately the difference in the outcome of each side’s season.
Pickford is absolutely fundamental to a transitional Everton looking for a return to improved form
Crucially, Pickford signed a new deal at Goodison Park last February, renewing his commitment to the club, and it was recently reported that Everton are intent on keeping the player at Goodison Park this summer.
Ideally, it would be great to see Everton retain both Pickford and Onana, but if one has to be sold to fund Sean Dyche’s deals, then I would much rather sell the Belgian midfielder.