Petr Cech has named reported Chelsea target Jordan Pickford as one of the goalkeepers he’s enjoyed watching the most at the World Cup.
Speaking to David Seaman, Cech enthused over the England number one ahead of his quarter-final fight with France.
Pickford has proven a steady hand for the Three Lions once again at a major competition.
Everton’s £30m shot-stopper failed to let Gareth Southgate down at either of the last two global footballing events, and is continuing this theme in Qatar.
Admittedly, the 28-year-old hasn’t been truly tested yet at the World Cup, but this could all change on Saturday when the reigning champions come to town.
Petr Cech compliments Jordan Pickford
France should be the most formidable force England have faced so far at the World Cup, meaning Pickford may have to prepare for an onslaught.
However, the confident ‘keeper seems to pull it out of the bag – or keep it out of the net – when it matters most.
He might not have been everyone’s first pick between the posts ahead of the sporting ceremony, but few would have anyone else in goal to face the French.
“I have enjoyed watching Jordan Pickford so far in the tournament, because he came under criticism and obviously here was a big debate about who should start for England in the tournament,” said Cech in support of his fellow gloved guardian.
“Him having the experience of the World Cup and where he played really well. At the Euros he was brilliant.
“I think it was the right call to support and start him because in my opinion he hasn’t done anything wrong in those three tournaments.”
Pickford could be Chelsea’s pick
Keep Didier Deschamps side at bay, and Pickford’s reputation in his homeland will grow considerably once again.
Not only amongst England fans, but within the parameters of Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are apparently considering signing the Everton goalie to replace either Edouard Mendy or Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Todd Boehly and Graham Potter have seemingly been unimpressed by the two goalkeepers, and are searching for suitable replacements.
Boehly had his current and potential future ‘keepers pitted against each other in the previous round of the World Cup.
Pickford kept a clean sheet as England moved aside Mendy’s Senegal 3-0 on Sunday.
Was that enough for the Chelsea owner to make a definitive decision on the goalkeeping situation? Perhaps January will provide the answer.