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The New Gloveman - A Pickford to Everton experiment


The New Gloveman at Goodison


Welcome guys, and Everton are having some summer aren’t they? £85M spent and £93.6M made makes for a seemingly rising challenger to the Big Six, even in losing Big Rom to the red half of Manchester. Before anything though, they started by making the most obvious signing, and the main point of this article – Jordan Pickford. Signed from Sunderland for £25M, with an extra £5M in clauses, he represents an upgrade at the very least over the pair of Joel Robles and Marten Stekelenburg. Some Evertonians have even hailed him as the second coming of Neville Southall, and with that price tag coming after a miracle-working performance this season for Sunderland, what does the future hold for him as a Toffee? This experiment aims to find out.


Disclaimer: This experiment only covers one season due to stat growth projections not scaling with his real life performances. Suffice it to say the stats you see are based on 15-16 Pickford. Also with all the other transfers Everton have made IRL these feel like completely different squads.


Player Profile:


Jordan Pickford was born on March 7 1994 in a town inside the Greater Sunderland area, and entered the Sunderland academy in 2002. After graduating to the senior side in 2011, he spent several spells on loan around the divisions, with Darlington, Alfreton, Burton, Carlisle, Bradford and Preston being some of his ports of call. He made his senior Sunderland debut on Jan 9 2016, and his first Premiership start the week later. He managed to win the starting job due to an injury to erstwhile first-choice keeper Vito Mannone and the rest is history as we’ve seen this season. He's also represented England at all age groups up to U-21 and recently backstopped England to the semifinal of the U-21 Euros.


16-17 RL stats:


32 appearances, 29 in the Prem,4 clean sheets, 146 saves, 56 goals conceded.



Signing him for Everton


In-game, Everton were able to sign Jordan for £20M. His initial value at Sunderland was £9.5M and after signing, his value jumped by a million quid. His stats are below, along with an initial star/coach report and stat progress graph.







As you can see in the initial stat report, his best technicals are Kicking and Reflexes, while that relatively low communication stat could be excused by his youth but is a point of concern. The bigger concern is his slowness off the line, as noted by the coach report.




End of season report


After a full season, here’s Pickford’s stats/coach report/progress graph











Something to note is that his Aerial and Agility stats made the biggest jumps, with his Handling and Communication making medium gains. His coach reports remain the same and his progress graph shows an overall medium gain in his overall ability.


Pickford FM stats:


45 appearances, 36 Premiership games, 43 goals conceded, 10 clean sheets



Highlights of his season include:




His nerves holding well in the EFL Cup Final as he win his first piece of silverware against Man City...



Blanking Chelsea and Man Utd back-to-back weeks...




 getting picked apart for four goals early against Boro...



and leading Everton to 5th, leapfrogging Liverpool on the last day. 


Final Analysis:


While of course a heavy course of YMMV is encouraged, in-game Jordan Pickford is very much a work in progress still. What I noticed was 3 major flaws in his game:


1. He needs a veteran defence in front of him to compensate for his relatively low communication stat

2. He’s pretty slow off his line so Poachers have a field day with him

3. He’s a good GK to pack in with Target Men and Poachers since he can set them up with booming clearances.


With all the information I’ve gained from this experiment and also balancing with the knowledge his stats will take a big jump up in FM18, I would rate Jordan Pickford to Everton as a 7/10. With Michael Keane also joining Everton recently that backline should improve quite a bit and all the attacking options in front of him should ensure he gets some pressure eased on him.


Anyone else you’d like to see experimented on? Let me know! Have a good one and keep on trucking!



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1 hour ago, mcandrew003 said:

Excellent article mate, very informative and loved the statistic side of it, aswell as your own Rating and opinion. Nice work!

Thanks mate!

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4 hours ago, Modestep said:

Not the best of signings. If I were Farhad, I'd tell the director to pursue Butland instead.

All things considered I'd say it isn't a wasted signing. Remember, Jackie's still lost at least one season to his ankle injury.

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