Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was always going to have some form of hangover after the World Cup, where he played a crucial role in helping England to a semi-final.
The 24-year-old was at the top of his game in Gareth Southgate’s side and earning rave reviews for his stellar displays at international level.
He’s had to come back to club football for the new season and there were a few sloppy mistakes creeping into his game during the early round of fixtures.
But the shot-stopper certainly seems to have turned a corner in the last month and the timing couldn’t be better ahead of a difficult trip to Stamford Bridge on Sunday to face Chelsea in the Premier League.
Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea are unbeaten in the league in second and have scored 27 goals in just 11 games so far.
Everton will need to be on top of their game defensively if they are to grind out a result and having an in-form goalkeeper should help.
Pickford is a vocal figure at the back that breathes confidence into his defence and he will be keen to keep the likes of Eden Hazard at bay on Sunday.
The Merseyside club have a goalkeeper in Pickford – who earns £60,000-a-week, according to spotrac.com, that is capable of frustrating Chelsea if he is near his best.
Marco Silva’s side have the firepower going forward to ask questions of the Blues and any potential success will be built of a firm backline.