We’re delighted to welcome former Everton striker Kevin Campbell as our exclusive columnist. Each week the former Toffees captain will be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Goodison Park…
Kevin Campbell is “not fussed” over the ongoing potential for Everton keeper to move to Tottenham because he expects other sides to want him.
TEAMtalk reported on 8 November that the England number one is the most affordable of the three candidates to replace Hugo Lloris, with the news that Spurs had their eye on him surfacing a year ago in the Telegraph.
A new contract is still being negotiated, but Sky Sports pundit Campbell is calm about the situation continuing to draw speculation, and feels it is natural that rival sides would want a player of that sort of quality.
Speaking exclusively to Goodison News about the likelihood of Pickford being headed for Spurs because the new deal remains unsigned, he said: “No not necessarily. Negotiations don’t happen in a week, they take a bit of time.
“You’re England’s number one goalkeeper and you’re coming up to contract time, other clubs are going to covet you, of course they are.
“If they didn’t there’d be something wrong.
“The speculation is there but at the end of the day he’s an Everton player, and if Everton negotiations do end up going well he signs.
“If he wants to leave then it’s going to come out in the wash, so we’ll see about that one but I’m not fussed about the speculation.”
Pickford has made a couple of errors that have gained a lot of attention in recent weeks, as the Toffees’ form has dipped and his goal has come under increasing pressure.
But he remains an important player and a leader for Frank Lampard, so there is no surprise that the manager would want to keep hold of him.
However, having been in goal for England in a World Cup semi-final and a Euro final there is no doubt going to be some temptation to experience something similar at club level, so if Everton continue to be stuck towards the bottom of the Premier League it could become an issue.