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Chelsea Eyeing A Move For This Everton Keeper: Is He A Good Option For Potter?

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In a recent report, The Sun mentioned that Chelsea are eyeing a move for Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. It has been revealed that the Blues have identified the English goalie as a transfer target for next year.

Pickford’s Impressive Run Of Form At Merseyside

Pickford has enjoyed a solid campaign at Goodison Park thus far as he has produced several impressive displays as Everton’s primary keeper. The 28-year-old has taken part in 14 matches for the Toffees this season, conceding 17 goals and keeping three clean sheets in all competitions.

The 45-time England international has performed well to average 1.4 clearances and 8.1 long balls per 90 minutes in the Premier League. However, he has been sloppy when distributing the ball from the back, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 55.7% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

The English sensation is under contract at the Merseyside club until the summer of 2024. Hence, Chelsea will have to make a big offer if they want to land him this January or wait until next summer to move in for him when he might be available for a cut-price fee.

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Is Pickford A Good Option For Chelsea Head Coach Graham Potter?

Pickford has got decent reflexes that help him a few world-class saves at the back. He has established himself as a great shot-stopper in Premier League football and doesn’t hesitate to come out of his lines to clear the danger when needed. Pickford is a solid handler out of the ball as well and usually comes out of his six-yard box to collect loose balls when needed.

However, the England international has to find a way to improve his passing if he wants to be a success story at a top club like Chelsea.

At the moment, there are some concerns over whether he would fit into Graham Potter’s playing style at Stamford Bridge as the Chelsea head coach often prefers his men to play the ball out from the back.

Still, there is no denying Pickford’s shot-stopping ability based on his career at Everton so far. Hence, the Blues should consider launching a move for the Everton custodian as he will be an upgrade over Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga at the West London club. He has what it takes to help Chelsea compete for a top-four place in the Premier League over the next years which makes him a good option for the London giants to pursue next year.

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