Everton have been issued a stern warning should they be forced to sell one of their star men…
According to journalist Paul Brown, the sale of Jordan Pickford could be catastrophic for the Toffees.
The England international has been linked away from Goodison Park in recent months, with Fabrizio Romano claiming Chelsea were monitoring his situation before The Telegraph said the same about Manchester United.
Brown recently gave his opinion to GIVEMESPORT:
“Selling Pickford will obviously leave a huge gaping hole where they don’t need one because they’re clearly looking for people in other areas, and they need to replace him with someone of a very high calibre.”
To lose Pickford would arguably be an even bigger blow than when they had to sell Richarlison over the summer.
With goalkeeping transfers, it seldom makes for a seamless transition when welcoming a new face. The Merseyside outfit simply cannot afford unpredictability and a rash head in between the sticks for them, especially when they sit just one point from the relegation spots.
Having first signed for £30m, it has taken time for him to become the dependable hero he is today.
Last season, the 28-year-old shot-stopper was instrumental in their survival bid, with a particularly outstanding performance against Chelsea helping to secure a vital three points.
In that game, he made five saves, two claims and even won two duels (via Sofascore), with one of his stops winning the save of the season award as he scrambled to his feet after a Mason Mount shot struck the post only to save from point blank range to deny Cesar Azpilicueta.
Not only has he been imperious for club, but his exploits have earned him the coveted no.1 jersey for England too.
He is currently starring for the Three Lions at the World Cup, coming off the back of his sensational performances last year in EURO 2020, which led journalist Joe Crann to laud one of his many “monster” performances for his country.
There, he set a new English record for most consecutive games without conceding at the tournament and would save two penalties in the shootout loss to Italy. Throughout the whole competition, he conceded just twice.
His importance and ever-growing pedigree cannot be understated for Everton, who cannot allow another of their best players to leave if they have ambitions of staying in the division.
Last season he bailed them out of a situation few other goalkeepers could. Without him, it could spell the end of their illustrious record of never being relegated.