'Something has happened': Frank Lampard has completely transformed 28-year-old Everton player - BBC pundit
Pickford made his return to the Everton side on Saturday after missing out on the 1-0 win over West Ham due to a thigh injury.
The 28-year-old also missed England’s Nations League games against Germany and Italy. But he has certainly made an impact on his return against Southampton this weekend.
Pickford made some eye-catching saves during the Toffees’ 2-1 win over the Saints, which helped Lampard’s men to their second win of the Premier League season. Now Crooks has named Pickford in his team of the week and made a claim about Lampard.
Lampard has transformed Pickford
“The save from Adam Armstrong midway through the second half was a game changer,” Crooks wrote on BBC Sport.
“England’s number one then stood up and parried a stinging shot from Kyle Walker-Peters without the slightest hint of any heroics. Something has happened to Jordan Pickford’s game since the arrival of Frank Lampard at Goodison Park.
“The goalkeeper has not only been in good form but has instilled a real confidence in his defence.
“Everton were in desperate need of this victory at Southampton and it puts them on the same number of points as Liverpool, which rather says as much about their neighbours as it does about them.”
Pickford has been criticised in the past for lapses of concentration and costly errors while playing for Everton.
But the England shot stopper has been consistently brilliant for the Toffees over the past year.
Lampard will be hoping Pickford can continue his excellent form as his side look to build on some promising displays of late.
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