Everton raised eye brows when they broke their club record to bring in Pickford, who had just one season of Premier League experience behind him at the time he moved to Goodison Park.
Pickford move to Everton on the back of a season where he had been relegated at Sunderland, and the fee which the Toffees paid drew some questions.
However, Everton can feel satisfied that Pickford’s transfer can now be considered a bargain.
Pickford’s performance at the World Cup for England have made him a national hero.
Not only did he help England win a penalty shoot-out against Colombia, but he was in fine form as the Three Lions beat Sweden 2-0.
Pickford’s value is sure to have sky-rocketed due to his performances in Russia, and it has now been proven beyond any doubt that Everton have one of the best, young goalkeepers in the world.
Everton are certain not to want to sell Pickford any time soon, but he is now worth considerably more than what they paid for him.
And bringing in Pickford last summer now looks to have been one of the Toffees’ finest pieces of business in recent years.