Sunderland's Jordan Pickford
Sunderland goalkeeping coach Adrian Tucker has suggested to The Sun that Jordan Pickford has the time and the talent to more than justify Everton's decision to make him the most expensive English goalkeeper of all time.
The Toffees signalled their intent for the summer window by spending £30 million on the 23-year-old following the Black Cats' relegation from the top flight in a season where Pickford's form was one of arguably just a couple of positives that could be taken from the campaign.
Nevertheless, the size of the fee has still raised some eyebrows given that the England under-21 stopper has only played 31 times in the Premier League.
But Tucker is more than confident that the youngster has the potential to make the deal seem like an absolute bargain during his time at Goodison Park.
“He’s young and potentially got 15 years at the top if he keeps developing and progressing. It’s just the way fees are nowadays," he told The Sun.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman
“Yes, he’s the third highest fee for a keeper in the world but if (David) de Gea, (Manuel) Neuer or the AC Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma come on the market they would be £75million minimum. But, because of his age, Everton could get their money’s worth and more.
“In goalkeeping terms, he’s very young and will make mistakes and learn from them. It’s about getting the overall consistency now. He’s done it over a short period of 31 Premier League games, but the next challenge is to do it over two or three years."
There is no question that it is generally accepted that Pickford is one of the best prospects in the top flight currently, and it was always going to take a substantial fee to make a deal happen.
And while the fee may perhaps seem to be something of a gamble right now, it would hardly be a surprise if, as Tucker suggests, Pickford proves to be a tremendous signing for Everton.