Vito Mannone says Jordan Pickford has a bright future, but remains focussed on own form

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Mannone is trusted as Sunderland's first choice goalkeeper by Sam Allardyce.

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone has said that his deputy Jordan Pickford has a big future at the club, but the Black Cats' number one has said he is trying to focus on his own performances as he searches for his first clean sheet of the season.

Mannone is quoted in the Sunderland Echo, saying: “At any club I’ve been, there’s been capable keepers around me.

“But I’m focused on me, really.

“Jordan has got a big future, but I want to help the team and club stay in the Premier League.”

Mannone only became the main goalkeeper at the club ever since the appointment of Sam Allardyce as manager, with Costel Pantilimon getting regular games ahead of him. However, he has since left the club for Watford and Pickford has been given a couple of opportunities against Arsenal and Tottenham - where he seems to have impressed despite being unable to prevent defeats against both sides. 

It seems as if Pickford will have to work pretty hard to get ahead of Mannone in the pecking order as the Italian seems focussed on trying to retain his spot in the side.

Between now and the end of the season, it is likely that Allardyce will keep Mannone as his first choice goalkeeper as the club looks to avoid relegation, and Mannone's experience should be an asset for the remainder of the campaign.

However, Pickford seems to be highly rated as one for the future by the club, and will no doubt be putting as much pressure on his colleague between now and the end of the campaign, and possibly beyond. 

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