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Everton: Moshiri had a masterclass signing Jordan Pickford

Everton have had their ups and downs when it comes to their recruitment strategy under the ownership of Farhad Moshiri and have spent well over £500m on transfer disasters since he joined the club in 2016.

Despite their financial struggles and relegation concerns over the last 18 months, it hasn’t entirely been a poor strategy from the powers at Goodison Park, something that we are starting to see this season after signing eight new players over the summer transfer window.

Everton are now 11th in the Premier League table, matching their bitter Merseyside rivals Liverpool for points at the moment, something that has been achieved with the help of new recruits like James Tarkowski, Conor Coady and Amadou Onana over their first eight outings in the top flight so far.

However, there is one player who has been with the team since 2017 that has been one of the stand-out performers in the team over the campaign to date, as Jordan Pickford has been Lampard’s saviour on many occasions.

The Sunderland-born goalkeeper joined Everton for £30m in a club record fee at the time and has proven that he has been worth every single penny in a rare Moshiri transfer masterclass.

This season, Pickford has the third highest save percentage in the entire Premier League (84.2%), with only Bournemouth’s Neto (92.9%) ahead of him. Meanwhile, he has the joint most saves made (30) alongside Nick Pope and David Raya.

His most notable performance came in the Merseyside Derby when Pickford made a whopping eight saves against Jurgen Klopp’s side to deliver his team a point, collecting the Man of the Match award for his outstanding contributions throughout the game.

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Everton's Richarlison celebrates scoring their first goal

Firstly, where did Everton finish in the Premier League?

Frank Lampard is a huge admirer of the England number one, and lavished praise on Pickford for his performance against Liverpool:

“I’ve relied on Jordan a lot he’s an amazing keeper and we’re fortunate to have a player of this level.”

The talented 28-year-old who was dubbed a “hero” by BBC broadcaster John Bennett during their relegation fight, has also been attracting transfer interest with reports that Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in signing the ‘keeper. However, he remains in contract at Goodison Park until the summer of 2024.

With that being said, Lampard will be incredibly thankful that Pickford has returned to action after sustaining an injury, as the season certainly looks like it’s in safe hands for Everton with the England stopper in fine form.

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