Pickford's Desire To Repay Evertonians

In an column, Jordan Pickford discusses his desire to repay Evertonians' loyal and passionate support, how he has developed since joining the Blues in 2017, and the qualities which set Rafa Benitez apart...

It’s been four years since I joined Everton and there’s no doubt it’s been a great move for me.

Sunderland was my boyhood team, of course, but for me it was all about kicking on and developing and I’ve done that.

Everton is a massive club and it’s the People’s Club. We’ve got a great fanbase.

You can see the passion the Evertonians have every matchday, home and away.

And we see that passion every day in training, too, with the staff we’ve got here. They’re all Toffees. The kit men, the physios, the masseurs, everyone… It's clear how much Everton means to them.

When we win, it gives them such a buzz, as it does for all the fans. That’s what I thrive off, seeing the fans enjoying themselves.

That’s why I hate losing, too. You’re not just losing for yourself or the team, you’re losing for the fans as well. 

Every weekend, we want to be able to send supporters home with a win so they can enjoy their post-match pints or however they like to celebrate!

Jordan Pickford
I feel I’m in a really good moment now, but I’m still striving every day to get better and better.

On a personal level, I feel I’m in a really good moment now, but I’m still striving every day to get better and better.

I’m not just resting on where I am now. I want to keep reaching new levels.

All the experiences throughout my career – at Everton, England, Sunderland and my loan moves – have helped me mature and develop as a goalkeeper. 

I train hard every day, I always have done, and then it’s all about putting in performances at the weekend. 

It’s about keeping that narrow focus, helping my teammates out and making those saves when I’m called upon. I want to keep clean sheets, win games and put smiles on the fans’ faces. 

The new manager has come in and he sets up the team brilliantly.

Of course, we were all disappointed by the result against West Ham on Sunday, but having his experience around the place is very important.

He has that tactical detail. He picks up on minute things on how we are playing as a team, and on how individuals can improve. 

It’s constant learning for the players and he has that winning mentality. 

It’s great for us, as we all want to get better as a team and individuals.