Sunderland starlet Jordan Pickford remains unfazed by ongoings at the Stadium of Light

The Preston North End loanee is committed to his current role.

Sunderland prospect Jordan Pickford has pledged to focus on Preston amidst the changing scenery at his parent club.

The 21-year old stopper joined the Lilywhites on a season-long loan and has been in excellent form so far this campaign.

Costel Pantillimon’s erratic displays have led some fans to suggest Pickford should be recalled in January, but a full season of regular football in the Championship would be best for the England Under-21 international at this point.

Dick Advocaat was the man who sanctioned the youngster’s exit and Sam Allardyce will now be monitoring the ‘keeper’s progress over the coming months.

Pickford is fully focused on the task at hand however, and claims the changes at the Stadium of Light haven’t had much of an effect on him so far.

“I obviously hear about what is happening back at Sunderland, with them being the club I’m on loan from,” said Pickford, in quotes published by the Sunderland Echo.

“The goalkeeper coach has stayed, so has the assistant first-team coach Paul Bracewell – people who I have contact with.

“So things are not that different from my point of view… to be honest, there have been quite a few changes of manager since I joined Sunderland.

“What I need to do is keep my focus on doing well here at Preston,” he added.

The Black Cats’ biggest task concerning Pickford may well be fending off interest from potential suitors in the near future.

Quality, young goalkeepers are not in plentiful supply and Sunderland will need to be prepared for a ramping up in the interest shown, should their young stopper maintain his form for the remainder of the season.

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