By Peter Lynch

29th Mar, 2023 | 6:10am

WhoScored includes Everton ace Jordan Pickford in biggest rating decrease rankings top 10, linked to Sean Dyche takeover

WhoScored has included Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in its list of top 10 Premier League players who have suffered the biggest rating decrease since December’s World Cup.

The Toffees number one sits in seventh place on the list, one spot above Manchester City star Phil Foden, with Foden’s teammates Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne also included.

Players included made at least 10 league appearances before the 2022 World Cup and have made eight appearances since.

“Jordan Pickford is above his England teammate Foden in seventh place of the WhoScored biggest rating decrease rankings, seeing his rating drop from 6.97 to 6.42,” according to WhoScored.

“He played every game at the World Cup and put in some WhoScored man of the match performances against Liverpool and Fulham prior to the World Cup. 

“With the more solid defence that Sean Dyche has instilled at Everton, Pickford isn’t required to routinely bail the Toffees out, which may have contributed to his drop in rating.”

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Unlike others included in the top 10 list, such as Crystal Palace’s Odsonne Edouard and Nottingham Forest’s Neco Williams, Pickford will not be dropped by his manager anytime soon, with the goalkeeper a firm figure between the goals.

In fact, his displays have reportedly been catching the attention of a handful of other Premier League clubs, with Pickford expected to leave Goodison Park should the Toffees get relegated.

But for now, he remains key as the club edge closer to safety under the guidance of Dyche. The club currently sit 15th in the table, just two points above the dreaded relegation zone.

Pickford will not have time to listen to such lists as he returns from international duty with the Three Lions, where he played in both wins against Italy and Ukraine, keeping a clean sheet against the latter.

The Toffees get back to league business next month with two huge clashes against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, where Pickford will need to be at his very best.