In a recent appearance on talkSPORT (7 March, 4:30 pm), Darren Bent claimed Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford should leave the club to cement his place as England’s number one, which could lead to a move to Tottenham Hotspur.
Pickford has been with Everton since 2017 and is now established as one of their most important players.
With 225 appearances to his name for the Toffees (Transfermarkt), Pickford is also one of the most experienced players in Sean Dyche’s squad and could be crucial to keeping the team in the Premier League this year.
Everton currently sit in 18th place in the Premier League table and are firmly embroiled in the relegation battle this season.
Pickford has been mooted as the potential successor for Hugo Lloris at Tottenham Hotspur (Daily Mail). However, the player recently signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal with Everton (Sky Sports), leaving many to wonder what his future will hold.
Bent suggests Pickford should leave Everton despite his new contract, as he faces increasing competition to be England’s first-choice goalkeeper.
He said: “Everton have been flirting with relegation for a little while. He is England’s number one!
“With the emergence of Aaron Ramsdale at Arsenal and Nick Pope at Newcastle, he is under pressure.
“He needs a move now. I know he has just signed a new contract, but I think he needs to leave.”
When asked what Pickford should do if Everton are relegated, Bent added: “100 per cent (Pickford should go).
“If you are a player with any kind of ambition, you don’t want to be playing in the Championship. You want to be playing in the Premier League.”
Bent added: “I think he can play for Spurs. You look at the form of Hugo Lloris. If (Pickford) is to move forward as England’s number one, he would need a move I think
“(He could be worth) an extra 15 million (due to the new deal). £35 to £40 million.”
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I think if Everton manage to stay up, Pickford will stick with them. But, if they were to be relegated, he would have to move on.
There’s no way he would be able to keep his place in the England squad if he was in the Championship, and there are plenty of Premier League sides that would offer him a way out if needed.
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