Goodison View: Everton star looked back to his best v West Ham
This season hasn’t been a great one so far for Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, but against West Ham United on Saturday he looked back to his best.
Make no mistake, it wasn’t a perfect performance from the England number one in the 1-1 draw at the London Stadium.
However, this was an encouraging step back in the right direction for a player who has slipped below his former high standards of late.
The 25-year-old looked a little shaky early on, but he roared back to top form as the game wore on, making a slew of fantastic saves.
In the first half he denied Sebastien Haller with a terrific stop with his feet, something which has always been a strong part of his game.
Later on in the opening stanza he was able to parry a fine header from Pablo Fornals, too, which came at an important moment in the game.
The hosts were undoubtedly the better team in the opening stages – once the drudgery of both teams’ sluggish starts had been dispensed with – and for a while Pickford was the only thing stopping the Toffees from slipping behind inexorably.
Again, it wasn’t all good. The former Sunderland man was unusually poor with the ball at his feet.
His distribution, usually such a strength, was sporadic for much of this game – although he wasn’t helped by an atrocious Yerry Mina back-pass early on.
Still, for the most part he was remarkably solid. After several below par outings in recent months, this was much-needed.
In other Everton news, the club’s supporters have gushed over the performance of one man against the Hammers.