By Saikat Mandal

21st Nov, 2022 | 2:10pm

Everton must sort out Jordan Pickford's future after Fabrizio Romano update

Everton must do whatever they can to keep hold of Jordan Pickford in the January window and beyond, and offer him a new contract immediately.

Fabrizio Romano has reported on Caughtoffside that Chelsea are monitoring his situation but there is nothing concrete at the moment.

Graham Potter could look to offload either Edouard Mendy or Kepa Arrizabalaga or both and has earmarked Pickford as an option.

The 28-year-old has been one of the most consistent players for the club, and if anyone deserves a new contract, it’s him.

He was sensational last season for the Toffees and his heroics between the sticks have helped the club secure Premier League status at the end of the season.

Some of the stops he made were beyond belief, and that is why he is being chosen as the first-choice goalkeeper for the England national team in the World cup in Qatar.

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He has been superb in the current season as well, as the Toffees have maintained a solid defensive record. While the likes of James Tarkowski and Conor Coady have been outstanding, they couldn’t have forged a strong partnership without Pickford in behind.

Put simply, Pickford should not be sold unless Chelsea come up with a ridiculous offer.

The Blues have the money and they have the power to lure Pickford away from Goodison Park. That’s why it is important to get him a new deal immediately.

The Toffees have been in talks over a new deal for Pickford, as reported by The Independent on 19 August, but so far nothing positive has come out.

He has a contract at the club until the end of 2024, and the Toffees must convince him to extend his stay. If Chelsea or any club come calling, Everton can maximize the transfer value.