Jordan Pickford speaks ahead of Newcastle United v Everton on Saturday
Jordan Pickford is looking forward to a return to the north east.
The Sunderland fan jumped ship when the Wearsiders were relegated, joining Everton for £25m.
He turned 25 today and whilst the Mackems have dropped to the third tier, Jordan Pickford only has eyes for Everton and climbing up the table.
With England not having any outstanding goalkeepers at the moment, he is probably as good as any of the other current candidates.
Always getting stick off Newcastle fans when he comes up against them, Pickford has four clean sheets in his last eight Premier League matches and kept a clean sheet last weekend in a creditable goalless draw with Liverpool.
Interesting to compare him with Dubravka, the Newcastle keeper has conceded 36 goals in the 29 PL games this season, three less than his Everton counterpart.
Martin Dubravka has three clean sheets in his last seven PL matches.
Overall in the Premier League, the NUFC keeper has conceded only 47 goals in 41 appearances since his debut last February against Man Utd, whilst in the same number of PL games Jordan Pickford has conceded 52 goals, five more than Dubravka.
Newcastle can move to within three points of 10th placed Everton with a win on Saturday.
Jordan Pickford speaking to Everton TV:
“Our aim is to get two good results and go into the international break in a good frame of mind.
“We have picked up a bit of momentum in the past two games and hopefully that will help us going into another two difficult matches.
“We want this to be the start of a period where we build momentum and go a long way to finishing where we wanted at the start of the season.
“When we have had good results in the past couple of months, we haven’t always backed them up. Even though we wanted to get three points against Liverpool, it was important to make sure that if we could not win, we at least got the draw.
“You do have your down times in football and that is when you have to stay strong as a unit.
“You have to work hard on the training field and be doing everything to make sure you turn results around quickly.
“Once you achieve that, you want to make the most of it and get on a good run.
“It was an all-round great game defensively [Everton 0 Liverpool 0] and something else to build on.
“Michael made a great block and Lucas made a similar one. They were both excellent and showed the determination from the lads to not be beaten.
“We stood up to the task and could have got three points. We attacked and saw plenty the ball but sometimes in a tight match you need something to break for you and that did not happen.
“Everton fans want to win every match and the players are the same. But we did not get beaten and that puts us in a good position going into these next two matches.”
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