Leeds goalkeeper Jamal Blackman suggests he will use Everton’s Jordan Pickford as example

General views of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Aston Villa at Elland Road on December 03, 2016 in Leeds, England.

Chelsea-owned Leeds United goalkeeper Jamal Blackman has suggested to The Daily Mail that he will use Everton and England international custodian Jordan Pickford as an example.

Jamal Blackman of Sheffield United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Sheffield United at KCOM Stadium on February 23, 2018 in Hull, England.

Chelsea-owned Leeds United goalkeeper Jamal Blackman has suggested to The Daily Mail that he will use Everton and England international custodian Jordan Pickford as an example.

Pickford was a star for England at the 2018 World Cup in Russia this summer, as the Gareth Southgate’s side reached the semi-finals.

The 24-year-old goalkeeper joined Everton from Sunderland in the summer of 2017 for a transfer fee stated on the Toffees’ official website to be worth £25 million.

Blackman has moved to Leeds on a season-long loan deal from Premier League club Chelsea in the summer transfer window.

The 24-year-old - who earns £416,000 per year as salary, according to Spotrac.com - has suggested that he will use Pickford as an example to play out from the back under Leeds head coach Bielsa this season.

John Stones of England speak with Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford of England during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia 3rd Place Playoff match between Belgium and England at Saint Petersburg...

Blackman told The Daily Mail: “I had great managers at Chelsea like Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho and everyone there talked about Bielsa and the amazing work he's done.

“Jordan Pickford showed at the World Cup it's important for goalkeepers to have the confidence to use both feet. It helps having a manager that backs you, and allows you to make a mistake.”

First-choice goalkeeper at Leeds United

Bailey Peacock-Farrell ended last season as the first-choice goalkeeper for Leeds, but Blackman is likely to start the 2018-19 campaign as the number one between the posts.

The 24-year-old played well for Sheffield United in the Championship during his loan spell last season, and Leeds fans should be confident that the goalkeeper will be a success at Elland Road in 2018-19.

Sheffield United goalkeeper Jamal Blackman during the Sky Bet Championship  match between Hull City and Sheffield United at KCOM on February 23, 2018 in Hull, England.

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