Jordan Pickford

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Jordan Pickford
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Pickford playing for England U21 in 2017
Personal information
Full name Jordan Lee Pickford[1]
Date of birth (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 (age 23)[1]
Place of birth Washington, England
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Everton
Youth career
2002–2011 Sunderland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2017 Sunderland 31 (0)
2012 Darlington (loan) 17 (0)
2013 Alfreton Town (loan) 12 (0)
2013 Burton Albion (loan) 12 (0)
2014 Carlisle United (loan) 18 (0)
2014–2015 Bradford City (loan) 33 (0)
2015 Preston North End (loan) 24 (0)
2017– Everton 0 (0)
National team
2009–2010 England U16 5 (0)
2010–2011 England U17 17 (0)
2010–2012 England U18 3 (0)
2012–2013 England U19 8 (0)
2015 England U20 3 (0)
2015– England U21 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:25, 11 June 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:25, 11 June 2017 (UTC)

Jordan Lee Pickford (born 7 March 1994) is an English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Everton.

Pickford has previously played for Sunderland's academy, reserve, and senior teams in addition to loan spells at Darlington, Alfreton Town, Burton Albion, Carlisle United, Bradford City and Preston North End. He signed for Everton for a fee of £25 million in June 2017.

Pickford has represented England at under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-20 and under-21 levels.

Early and personal life[edit]

Pickford was born in Washington, Tyne and Wear[1] and attended St Robert of Newminster secondary school.[3] His brother Richard Logan is also a former professional footballer who played for Darlington.[citation needed]

Club career[edit]

Sunderland[edit]

Pickford joined Sunderland's Academy at the age of eight and progressed through the age groups before signing two-year scholarship terms in 2010.[4] The following year, Pickford was promoted from the Academy to the reserve team.[5] In 2011, Pickford signed his first professional contract with the club.[6] The following year, Pickford signed a contract extension with the club.[7]

Loans to Darlington and Alfreton Town[edit]

Pickford signed on loan for Darlington in time to make his debut against Fleetwood Town on 21 January 2012, playing the whole of a 1–0 home loss.[8][9] The initial month-long loan was subsequently extended until the end of April.[10] Pickford went on to make seventeen appearance for Darlington, who were relegated and subsequently liquidated.[citation needed]

On 25 February 2013, Pickford signed for Alfreton Town, again on an initial month-long loan[11] and was a cover for Phil Barnes, who was injured.[12] He made his debut the next day in a 5–1 win over Hyde United.[13] His loan spell at the club was subsequently extended until the end of the season.[14] During this spell, Pickford kept five clean sheets in twelve games.[15]

After being recalled by Sunderland from a loan spell at Burton Albion twice, Pickford spent eleven matches as an unused substitute on the bench as a cover for Vito Mannone between 23 November 2013 and 18 January 2014.[16] At the end of the end of the 2013-14 season, Pickford signed a four-year contract with the club, keeping him until 2018.[17]

Loans to Burton Albion and Carlisle United[edit]

On 2 August 2013, Pickford signed another loan deal, this time with Burton Albion,[15] and made his debut the next day against Cheltenham Town.[18] However his loan ended on 17 August, after Sunderland recalled him with Pickford featuring three times for Burton.[19][20] On 13 September, Pickford re-joined Burton on loan.[21] His handful of first team appearances at Burton Albion led to extending his loan spell for another month.[22] After making twelve appearances across his two loan spells, Pickford was recalled by his parent club once again.[23] He subsequently spent eleven matches as an unused substitute on the bench as a cover for Vito Mannone between 23 November 2013 and 18 January 2014.[24]

Although it was rumoured that he could return on loan to Burton for the third time,[25] Pickford joined Carlisle United on a one-month loan on 8 February 2014.[26] He made his debut that same day in a 2–1 loss away to Gillingham.[27] His form and handful of first team appearances led the club to keep him on loan for the rest of the season.[28] After extending his loan at the club, Pickford went on to make eighteen appearance for the club. At the end of the end of the 2013-14 season, Pickford signed a four-year contract with the club, keeping him until 2018.[29]

Loan to Bradford City[edit]

On 21 July 2014, Pickford joined League One club Bradford City on a season-long loan for the 2014–15 season.[30] He made his debut on 9 August in a 3–2 win against Coventry City at Valley Parade,[31] and kept his first clean sheet in the following game, a 0–0 draw away to Walsall.[32] Pickford then received his red card after he was just sent-off to the 11th minutes in the game, in a 2–1 loss against Rochdale on 10 January 2015.[33] He served a one match suspension which his club did not appeal.[34] On 7 February 2015, Pickford was once again sent-off in the last minute, in a 2–2 away draw against Port Vale.[35] After being given a two-match ban, the club successfully appealed and had it revoked.[36][37] Pickford established himself as a first-choice goalkeeper for almost most of the season until he was recalled by his parent club on 9 March 2015.[38]

Loan to Preston North End[edit]

On 31 July 2015, Pickford joined Preston North End on a season-long loan for the 2015–16 season.[39] He kept a clean sheet on his debut in a 0–0 draw against Middlesbrough at Deepdale.[40] Further clean sheets in a 1–0 win against Milton Keynes Dons in his second league game and a 0–0 draw with Rotherham United on 18 August made it a clean sheet in all three of his first three league games for the club.[41][42] On 25 August Pickford kept another clean sheet as Preston defeated Premier League side Watford 1-0 in the League Cup.[43] On 7 November, Pickford recorded a 6th consecutive clean sheet in a 0–0 draw against QPR, equalling the club record.[44][45] During his stint at Preston, Pickford impressed his veteran goalkeeping teammate Chris Kirkland, who said “Jordan comes out to take crosses and has an authority for someone still very young... As for his kicking, that is brilliant! I have never seen anyone kick a ball like he does."[46] On 20 December 2015, Pickford was controversially sent off in a 1–0 defeat against Leeds United: he rushed out of his box to challenge striker Chris Wood, and was judged to have handled the ball.[47] Preston successfully appealed the decision, using replay footage that showed the ball hitting his chest.[48]

Return to Sunderland[edit]

On 31 December 2015, Pickford was recalled by Sunderland, with the side struggling in 19th place in the 2015–16 Premier League.[49] He made his first-team debut on 9 January 2016, in a 3–1 FA Cup loss to Arsenal.[50] He made his Premier League debut against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on 16 January losing 4–1, meaning he had played in the top five leagues of English football by the age of 21.[51] On 26 January 2016, Pickford signed a new contract committing his future to Sunderland until 2020.[4]

Pickford began the 2016–17 season as understudy to Vito Mannone. However, after Mannone suffered a serious arm injury in training, Pickford started Sunderland's third league game of the season, away to Southampton, making several saves in the match, but in the 85 minute he made an error which allowed Jay Rodriguez to equalise for the hosts in a 1–1 draw.[52][53]

On 13 April 2017, Pickford was named as one of six players shortlisted for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.[54]

Everton[edit]

On 15 June 2017, Pickford signed for Premier League club Everton on a five-year contract. The initial fee of £25 million, with the possibility of rising to £30 million in add-ons, made him the third most expensive goalkeeper in history, the most expensive British goalkeeper of all time and will make him Everton's most expensive signing, pending add-on payments.[55]

International career[edit]

Pickford has represented the England international team at every level from under-16s to under-21s.[53] In October 2009, Pickford made his England U16 debut against Wales U16.[56]

On 25 August 2015 he was called up to the England under-21 squad for the first time.[57] Pickford made his debut for the England Under 21s in a friendly against the United States under-23s at Deepdale on 3 September 2015.[53] He made his second appearance four days later against Norway under-21s.[citation needed] On 14 October, Pickford assisted Nathan Redmond's goal in the England U21s' 3–0 victory over Kazakhstan at the Ricoh Arena with a long range pass from his own penalty area.[58] He was part of the team that won the 2016 Toulon Tournament, their first such win for 22 years.[59]

On 9 October 2016 Pickford received his first call-up from the England squad, replacing an injured Tom Heaton for the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.[60]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 4 April 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sunderland 2011–12[61] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13[62] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14[63] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[64] Premier League 0 0 0 0
2015–16[65] Premier League 2 0 1 0 3 0
2016–17[66] Premier League 29 0 0 0 3 0 32 0
Total 31 0 1 0 3 0 35 0
Darlington (loan) 2011–12[67] Conference Premier 17 0 17 0
Alfreton Town (loan) 2012–13[67] Conference Premier 12 0 12 0
Burton Albion (loan) 2013–14[63] League Two 12 0 1 0 13 0
Carlisle United (loan) 2013–14[63] League Two 18 0 18 0
Bradford City (loan) 2014–15[64] League One 33 0 1[a] 0 34 0
Preston North End (loan) 2015–16[65] Championship 24 0 3 0 27 0
Everton 2017–18[68] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 147 0 1 0 7 0 1 0 156 0
  1. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

England

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