LONDON, England- New Everton FC keeper Jordan Pickford is not fazed by the huge price tag that brought him to Merseyside from relegated Sunderland FC.
Pickford saved a penalty in the dying minutes of England’s opening match at the Under-21 European Championship to earn his team 0-0 draw against Sweden on Friday.
It came only 24 hours after he became the most expensive keeper in history after Everton splashed 30 million pounds for his signature.
“It’s just a number isn’t it? It’s my job to be a goalkeeper and keep the ball out of the net and that’s what I’ve done. I’ve kept a clean sheet. It’s just a number, it doesn’t affect me,” Pickford was quoted by the Guardian after the match.
Having spent time on loan at six different clubs since joining Sunderland’s academy at the age of eight, the ease with which he adapted to his promotion to the first team by David Moyes at the start of last season was an indication of the confidence he possesses in abundance.
Even after a season that saw his boyhood club finally succumb to relegation after several close shaves, the 23-year-old has only grown in stature.
Pickford is expected to be in the Everton FC squad that will play Kenya’s Gor Mahia FC on July 13 at the National Stadium in Dar-es-Salaam during their first-ever visit to East Africa.
Gor won the right to play Everton when they floored arch rivals AFC Leopards 3-0 in the final of the 2017 SportPesa Super Cup at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar on July 11.