Jordan Pickford has been nominated for the August Save of the Month award.
Pickford had so far struggled to impress this season, conceding eight goals in four matches. The goalkeeper also gave away a penalty during the 4-0 thrashing by Aston Villa, before scoring an unfortunate own goal against Sheffield United.
However, Pickford has undeniably made some top saves for his club – most noticeably the acrobatic palm he got to the ball against Wolves. The 29-year-old could have definitely had two nominations if his spectacular double save against Sheffield United at the weekend had been two days earlier.
Jordan Pickford has impressed despite a difficult start for Everton
Sean Dyche has praised the England international, despite the team conceding a lot of goals in the opening month of the campaign. After the draw against the Blades, he said: “I think like everyone he had some question marks recently because the team were conceding big moments but I think it shows again what a top keeper he is.
“I thought his all round performance was very good. He was very unlucky with their second [which struck the post then went in via his back] quite obviously. And he makes two fantastic saves at the end when it is really important to do so.”
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Pickford’s save against Wolves hasn’t received quite as much praise however, with the main focus being on the Toffees’ failure to claim any points on home soil.
However, the ‘keeper will be glad if he can add the award to his collection as he looks to kick on this season.
Pickford faces very tough competition for the award though. The former Sunderland man is up against Tottenham’s Guglielmo Vicario (vs Manchester United), Wolves’ Jose Sa (vs Everton), Brentford’s Mark Flekken (vs Crystal Palace), West Ham’s Alphonse Areola (vs Brighton) and Liverpool’s Alisson (vs Newcastle).