Jordan Pickford has expressed a desire to push on at Sunderland, after he was recalled from a season-long loan at Preston North End earlier today.
Pickford has been in wonderful form in the Championship this season, keeping 13 clean sheets in 27 appearances.
The 21-year-old had fully established himself as Preston’s first-choice stopper, forcing Chris Kirkland out of the team, but his displays caught the eye of Sam Allardyce.
The 61-year-old boss has decided to Pickford could have a part to play at the Stadium of Light this season and subsequently cut his loan short.
The England youth international was quick to express his gratitude to Preston after the news was announced today on social media and he also highlighted his desire to break into Allardyce’s first team.
Pickford has now proven his class at two Football League clubs - having impressed at Bradford City last season.
He returns to Sunderland to fight for a place between the sticks with Vito Mannone and Costel Pantilimon.
Preston have signed Sam Johnstone on loan from Manchester United to cover for the loss of Pickford.