All the attention may be on Wayne Rooney’s return to Everton but former Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard believes another man could prove to be their signing of the summer – Jordan Pickford.
Goalkeeper Pickford moved to Goodison Park from relegated Sunderland earlier this summer for £25million, potentially rising to a club-record fee of £30m.
The 23-year-old shone for a dismal Black Cats side last term and could nail down the Everton no.1 jersey for the next decade-plus.
The last man to do that was American Howard, who made 414 Toffees appearances during a 10-year stay that ended last summer, and the 38-year-old is convinced the club have signed a gem of a player.
“As someone who has worn that shirt for a long time, I’m proud to have Jordan on board,” said Howard, who now plays for Colorado Rapids in the MLS.
“Any time a player signs with a big price tag, people are looking out to see what is going to happen next but he’s shown already he has all the ability in the world.
“Knowing what I know about the club, he will be given time to settle in and find his feet. Talent-wise, he has got it all – he’ll be a great custodian for Everton. I like his movement, his ability to get about the goal and spring around.
“In a very tough season for Sunderland, he seemed unfazed which, for a young guy, is very good. He was probably their player of the season and that’s a tough thing to achieve when you get relegated.
“I think he has got the mettle to handle the ups and downs of the Premier League.”