Martin Keown suggests Everton's Jordan Pickford must improve

(L-R) Former Wimbledon players Dave Beasant and Lawrie Sanchez chat with Haydon the Womble and Martin Keown prior to kickoff during the FA Cup Third Round match between AFC Wimbledon and...

Everton signed Jordan Pickford from Sunderland last summer.

Jordan Pickford of Everton during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on February 3, 2018 in London, England.

Martin Keown has told The Daily Mail that he isn't fully convinced by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford as of yet.

The 23-year-old has enjoyed a decent first season at Everton following his £30 million summer move from Sunderland.

Well, in terms of individual performances anyway.

Overall it has been a horrendous season for the Toffees, whose £150 million expenditure during the summer promised a top-four challenge but, with 10 Premier League games to go, the Goodison Park club are ninth and 21 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

Jordan Pickford of Everton celebrates during the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on November 5, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

But that isn't strictly down to Pickford, who has by no means been Everton's worst player this season, though Keown suggests the young goalkeeper can still get a lot better when discussing his hopes of being England's number one in the World Cup.

"Jordan Pickford is a tremendous kicker of the ball and could be England’s No1 but there is an issue in his game that he needs to sort out," he told The Daily Mail.

Jordan Pickford of Everton reacts during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on November 29, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

"When he makes a save, he tends to keep the ball alive for the opposition rather than parry it around the post. If I was defending in Pickford’s team, I would have to be alert for anything that rebounds.

"He needs to adjust his movement and read things better."

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