Report: Sunderland willing to loan out young goalkeeper Jordan Pickford this season

Sunderland are keen for Pickford to enjoy a season of Championship football.

Pickford is highly thought of in the Sunderland ranks, but a report in the Echo claims that they are willing to loan him out this season if a good opportunity for Championship football arises.

The Black Cats want to ensure his development continues, and would like to keep him at the Stadium of Light as back-up stopper for the first-team.

However, they are aware that a season of sitting on the substitutes bench could be bad for his career progression, and if a Championship club makes a bid which guarantees him first-team football, then Sunderland are willing to loan him out.

The England youth international, who has been capped at every level from Under-16 to Under-20, is highly rated at the Stadium of Light, and they believe he has the quality to step up to the Premier League if needed.

However, Costel Pantilimon is clear first-choice stopper, and although Vito Mannone could leave this summer, first-team chances do not look guaranteed for the youngster.

At 21-years-old, Pickford really should be playing frequently to aid his development. Throwing him into the Premier League every week would be an unwise move, but a Championship club might be willing to take a risk on him, especially with his reputation and homegrown status proving valuable.

There are no indications that any club have yet to show an interest in Pickford this summer, but Sunderland are waiting to listen to offers from any Championship club who may offer him a path to consistent football.

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