Jordan Pickford is confident that Everton have the quality to eventually target a Champions League spot and pick up some silverware. The 24-year-old England international goalkeeper signed a new six-year contract with Marco Silva’s men on Wednesday, 15 months after joining the club from Sunderland in a record transfer for a British goalkeeper.
And, while his performances for the Three Lions resulted in admiring glances for rival clubs, Pickford insists that he never once thought about leaving Goodison Park because he feels the Toffees can help him realise his ambitions.
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He said: “Collectively I think in the next progression we want to try to achieve some silverware and also we want to be finishing higher in the table. It’ll take a lot of hard work and that’s what we’re willing to put in.
“We finished eighth last season and that wasn’t such a good season for Everton. We want to be top six, maybe top seven this season. Then going forward I think you have to be ambitious and want to be hitting the Champions League.”
Everton landed Silva at the second attempt after he was barred from making the switch by former club Watford following Ronald Koeman’s sacking last season.
It has been an underwhelming start, with only one win from six Premier League games, but Pickford has been encouraged by the progress made.
“The manager brought some really good signings in so it’s another change like we had last season, but I think we’re a step ahead from last season,” he told reporters.
“The new lads seem to have bedded in very well and it’s a great squad.”