Everton’s Jordan Pickford will be a key player for England ahead of their Nation League matches this summer.
Sam Allardyce has revealed that Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has been ‘Mr Confident’ from the first day he met him at Sunderland.
The England international has been managed by Allardyce at two different clubs, first at the Stadium of Light and then at Goodison Park before the former were relegated from the Premier League.
There were periods during this season when Pickford was coming under stick for his performances, with games against Liverpool and Newcastle particular games where he came under criticism.
Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on TalkSport (30/04/2019 at 7:55 am), Allardyce spoke about Pickford and the struggles David de Gea is currently having at Manchester United.
“He’s Mr confidence,” Allardyce told TalkSport. “He has so much confidence in his own ability. At such a young age, even when I first met him at Sunderland when I brought him back from Preston, [he was like] ‘I am going to be the number one goalkeeper at Sunderland’.
“He played a couple of games for me and then went on to play more games then went to Everton. If it happens [making mistakes] here and there, it’s not a confidence loss. But it’s happening too regularly for De Gea at Manchester United. I think that’s why you have to step in and say ‘you have got to come out for a while’.”
Earlier on in the season, Pickford was criticised for his lack of concentration during key moments and his poor decison-making when coming out to collect the ball from a cross.
But those troubles are now seemingly behind him as he has helped his team beat the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United in recent weeks.
Most recently they thumped United 4-0 on home soil, with the England man keeping a clean sheet, just like he did during his side’s goalless draw at Crystal Palace over the weekend.
Marco Silva’s side are four points behind seventh-placed Wolves in the table and with two games of the Premier League season remaining, they have an outside chance of securing European football.