Joleon Lescott has claimed that he has seen a change recently in Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who looks far less emotional on the pitch.
Pickford, 26, has always been a shot-stopper that wears his heart on sleeves and is extremely vocal on the pitch.
It seems like talk about him being England’s number one has been ongoing for a couple of years now, as for now he remains first-choice under international boss Gareth Southgate.
The Toffees goalkeeper has made some individual errors in the past couple of years that have been high-profile, but he’s hit a purple patch of form.
Pickford was brilliant in the 2-0 Merseyside win over Liverpool, which he’s followed up with back-to-back clean sheets in victories against Southampton and West Brom.
His recent world-class save to deny West Brom’s Mbaye Diagne was a particular standout.
Pundit and ex-Everton defender Lescott has explained what he’s seen lately from Pickford.
“Huge, huge performances from Pickford lately. I take it back to the [Merseyside] derby. I think the change was in that game because after the lack of emotion he shows after making the save [against West Brom],” Lescott said on Sky Sports’ News channel (2:35pm, 6 March).
“I think he’s realised he doesn’t need to go make a worldy save and then consistently shout at defenders. He’s learned I’ll do my job, I’ll do yours. I think he realised he was under pressure.”
Pickford has looked so assured in the past few games and must be playing with the most confidence he’s had in a while.
The £30million (Sky Sports) goalkeeper is a top-class operator on his day and if he can find consistency over a long spell there is no reason why he can’t be a mainstay in Carlo Ancelotti’s XI.