According to Sky Sports, Chelsea have identified Everton’s Jordan Pickford as a possible replacement for Thibaut Courtois, if the Belgian departs to Real Madrid.
Here are three reasons why the Merseyside club should do everything in their power to hold on to Pickford, last season’s standout performer and an integral member of the Everton squad.
Jordan Pickford was easily the club’s best player last season
In a season of turmoil where few things went right at Goodison Park, Pickford was a model of consistency between the sticks.
Voted the player of the season by both the fans and his fellow teammates, the England number one ensured Everton’s disappointing campaign did not get too much worse.
If Everton hope to turn a new leaf with manager Marco Silva, they must strongly resist selling their finest performers.
Acquiring a top-class replacement would be practically impossible
With just under two weeks to go until the closing of the transfer window, it would be extremely difficult for the Toffees to find a suitable replacement for Pickford in such a short time frame.
Clubs should never sell a key player without a replacement in mind, and the most prominent backup option at Everton is Maarten Stekelenburg— clearly a step down from Pickford.
No amount of money can compensate for a player like Pickford
Even if Chelsea were prepared to offer an exorbitant transfer fee for the 24-year-old, no amount of money can make up for the skills and qualities Jordan Pickford offers to Everton.
The goalkeeper has the potential to become one of the best in the world in the coming years, and he is simply too valuable for Everton to sell— no matter the price.