The number one goalkeeper for England appears to be a front-runner to succeed Hugo Lloris. Following news of the club’s alleged interest in Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, Tottenham Hotspur is said to have intensified its search for a potential replacement for Hugo Lloris.
What has changed since Pickford moved to Tottenham?
Finding an heir to Lloris appears to be a big priority for the Lilywhites, as the experienced Frenchman has just one year left on his current contract and has made contact with the Merseyside club about a potential summer bid for the England international. According to the claim, Despite Daniel Levy and company reportedly having reservations about paying the rumored £40 million transfer fee, the 29-year-old has been negotiating for a while and is finally prepared to make their move. Prior to agreeing to any summer transfers, the former Sunderland goalkeeper wants to know who Tottenham’s new manager will be and whether or not international teammate Harry Kane is planning to stay at the club, according to the article.
Would Pickford be a good signing for Tottenham?
If recent transfer dealings with the Toffees are anything to go by, it could well prove an awful mistake if Levy is to make a move for Pickford this summer, with Spurs having only recently been stung by their £60m capture of Richarlison from Goodison.
After previously scoring ten goals and providing five assists in his final league season at Everton during the 2021/22 campaign to secure their survival, the Brazilian has since been unable to replicate that impact at N17, having scored just once and registered only four assists in the top-flight in 2022/23.Richarlison-Spurs-Everton-Pickford-Levy-Premier-League-transfer
Those woes – which saw the 25-year-old net just a further two goals in Europe and in domestic cup competitions – have unsurprisingly led to notable criticism, with talkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino stating that the mercurial forward “has been a joke this year”, due to his drab form.
The fear will be then that the signing of Richarlison’s ex-teammate – Pickford – could well lead to a repeat scenario, with the 6 foot 1 ‘keeper also potentially having the ability to underwhelm if he is to make the move to the capital this summer.
While the experienced asset did only recently prove integral to the Toffees’ successful relegation fight – having been described as the “difference” between the other relegated clubs by pundit Gary Neville – the £125k-per-week man has been a “liability” at times in recent seasons, according to BT Sport’s Chris Sutton.Also dubbed a “strange goalkeeper” who makes “too many errors” – in the words of Sutton – Pickford came under fire after his dismal display when Everton met Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium back in October, having given away a penalty for a foul on Kane, after initially fumbling Heung-min Son’s tame attempt on goal.
That “really poor mistake” – as per ex-Tottenham midfielder Jamie Redknapp – is an illustration of the stopper’s frustrating inconsistency, having also notably made two errors leading to goals in the Premier League in the most recent campaign.Those shortcomings – as well as the tale of Richarlison – should have Levy thinking twice before making a move for Pickford this summer…