Jordan Pickford joined Everton in 2017 from Sunderland and has been the Toffees first choice goalkeeper for more than two seasons now. He has managed 100 appearances for the Merseyside outfit. However, new manager Carlo Ancelotti might be keen to sign a new number one given Pickford’s recent poor form and mistakes.
The England international has been criticised over his performance multiple times. He has conceded 32 goals in 21 appearances in the Premier League, raising many questions on his quality. The 25-year old was again criticised for his involvement in Curtis Jones’ winner in the FA Cup for Liverpool.
Pickford was positioned well off the line when Curtis shot, and he could not stop the effort leading Everton to crash out of the FA Cup in the 3rd round.
Ancelotti would surely be looking to strengthen his side in January after identifying areas that need improvement. It would be interesting to see whether Ancelotti seeks a new number one or continues with Pickford in the Everton goal.
Pickford is still England’s number one under Gareth Southgate, and will surely need to improve his form if he is to keep that spot for the upcoming Euros, with the likes of Dean Henderson and Nick Pope constantly impressing with good performances.
However, if Everton were to sign a new number one, they would not have a lot of goalkeepers available currently. And to bring in a keeper who is supposedly better than that of Pickford will require the Toffees to splash a huge fee.
A popular name that comes up is Ajax stopper Andre Onana. The Cameroon international claimed in November 2019 that he would be open to a move in the Premier League, and he would certainly fit the criteria at Gooodison Park.
However, all this depends on whether Ancelotti decides to sign a replacement, and as of now, it seems that the Italian is content with Pickford and his spot as Everton number one might be safe until the end of this season.