Former Everton manager Ronald Koeman has hailed Jordan Pickford and lauded the England star’s development as “tremendous”.
Koeman was in charge of the Toffees when they decided to make Pickford England’s most expensive goalkeeper in the summer of 2017 following his impressive displays at Sunderland.
Pickford was one of Everton’s more impressive performers throughout the course of last season and ex-Toffees boss Koeman has been full of praise for the impressive young shot-stopper.
Speaking to Dutch news outlet De Telegraaf, as cited in a report from the Daily Post, Koeman heaped the praise on Pickford following his displays for England so far at the World Cup.
Yes, Jordan is undergoing a tremendous development. That is also the reason why we paid so much money for him at Everton last year. We knew that the amount could reach €30m. I also give credit to Steve Walsh, who has been very convinced of his talent for a long time.
We stuck our neck out, because it remains a lot of money for such a young keeper, who was relegated with Sunderland. In the first period with me, I saw that he was impetuous but also that he had enormous qualities. We absolutely wanted a top keeper and he turned out to be one.
In a short time he went ahead with leaps and bounds. Internally, we knew that he would be the goalkeeper of the national team within one year. Sometimes you have to be lucky.
Pickford has started in each of Gareth Southgate’s men’s starting line-ups in Russia and has flourished, with notably impressive performances against Colombia and Sweden recently.
Everton will be hoping to have Pickford back at Goodison Park in a similar vein of form as they prepare for the 2018/19 campaign.