Steve Harper praises Jordan Pickford's attitude; says he's ready for first-team chance

Sunderland's Jordan Pickford

Pickford is expected to continue in goal for Sunderland this evening when they take on Everton at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland's Jordan Pickford

Former Sunderland goalkeeper Steve Harper has said that Jordan Pickford is ready for a run in the side in goal, and has probably been a little frustrated at not getting his opportunity earlier.

Pickford is expected to retain his place in goal for tonight's clash with Everton in the Premier League as part of a sustained run in the side with Vito Mannone sidelined with an elbow injury.

Hull's Steve Harper

Harper, who left the club in the summer, has worked with Pickford and speaks very highly of him. 

He's quoted in the Sunderland Echo, saying: “Jordan has a fantastic attitude to go with his undoubted talent.

“He’s a very driven young man, a very talented goalkeeper bursting with ambition and I think he will approach this situation as being a fantastic opportunity for him.

“He’s ready for it – in fact, he was even a little bit frustrated in the time I was there earlier this year because he’s hungry for first-team football.”

Southampton's Charlie Austin in action with Sunderland's Jordan Pickford

Pickford has so far played in an EFL Cup win over Shrewsbury Town and in the 1-1 draw with Southampton at St Mary's, where he was somewhat culpable for the Saints' equaliser.

However, judging by what Harper has to say about him, the 22-year-old will put that behind him relatively swiftly, and will look to respond in the perfect manner this evening by keeping a clean sheet against Everton.

It seems that the Black Cats have a very talented goalkeeper on their hands, who has managed to develop some significant experience by playing in the Football League prior to a couple of first-team appearances for Sunderland in the second half of last season. 

Sunderland's Jordan Pickford

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