A number of players have moved between Sunderland and Newcastle but Jordan Pickford insists he would ‘never do that’.
The goalkeeper has been one of a very small number of positives for the Mackems this season, making his two Premier League appearances last season, an injury to first choice Vito Mannone early this campaign gave the Washington born keeper his chance.
Having spent loan spells at Darlington, Alfreton, Burton, Carlisle, Bradford and Preston, Jordan Pickford had racked up a decent amount of experience in the lower leagues.
Turning 23 last month, the goalkeeper has played at all ages for England up to Under 21 level and is one of the six nominations for PFA Premier League young player of the year, upagainst Alli, Lukaku, Kane and others.
With Jermain Defoe able to leave on a free when Sunderland are relegated at the end of the season, Jordan Pickford will be one of very few players who the Wearsiders could get any decent cash for.
With the money in the Premier League these days, it looks guaranteed that there will be offers, even though Sunderland are rock bottom of the league and have conceded 56 goals in 31 matches 0 with the worst goal difference in the whole division.
Newcastle are not exactly short of goalkeepers at the moment but as to whether they have got a really top class Premier League one is still open to doubt.
Karl Darlow is current number one and has performed well this season, though still prone to the odd game where he has lost concentration, especially when making decisions to come for the ball at the edge/outside of his box.
Despite finishing last season off well in the Premier League, Rafa Benitez clearly had doubts as he brought in Matz Sels as his number one.
Rob Elliot has still only played a small number of games at the top level and is yet to prove he can come back successfully after that serious injury, Tim Krul’s form declined at Newcastle in the last few seasons and he is conceding plenty on loan at AZ, whilst difficult to see Sels coming back as number one.
Newcastle of course have their own promising young goalkeeper as well, though 20 year old Freddie Woodman is no doubt due another year or two out on loan before potentially competing for the number one shirt.
When asked the question by Sky Sports he was never going to say anything different.
However, these days I always think ‘never say never’ because after Newcastle born and bred Lee Clark moved to Wearside, I can believe anything is possible.
Jordan Pickford speaking to Sky Sports:
“I would never do that (sign for Newcastle).
“I couldn’t do it myself, not me.
“I’m never going to Newcastle.”