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Is Jordan Pickford Everton’s true captain?

Young goalkeeper is showing all the leadership the position requires

Manchester United v Everton FC - Premier League
Pickford gets a rousing ovation from the sold-out away crowd
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Jordan Pickford is not one to mince words with his teammates when he feels they have messed up.

When Theo Walcott lackadaisically watched Anthony Martial cut inside and curl in a sumptuous shot into the far post for a 2-0 Manchester United lead, Pickford came rushing out to remonstrate with the veteran.

In the past, we’ve seen Pickford do the same, happily giving his defenders an earful no matter if they are youngsters like Mason Holgate or grizzly veterans like Phil Jagielka. And while Marco Silva appears to not want a goalkeeper-captain, but the young England international is making the role his own whether he is wearing the armband or not.

Speaking after today’s loss at Old Trafford, Pickford said to Sky Sports -

“They created chances and we created chances. They got the penalty which was a bit soft I would say but then you’re going to come to Old Trafford and you know what type of atmosphere you’re going to be up against.

“I thought we stood up to it very well and dug in. We showed our attitude as a team that we’re not beaten until the final whistle by getting a goal back.”

He went on to explain his comments to Walcott -

“I get a bit heated sometimes [when conceding goals] and I’ve thought I’ve hit a decent ball. We all know how fast Theo is and I think his first touch was a bit unfortunate.

“It came from that and I tried to say to take a better touch maybe but as I say we dug in as a group.

“We nearly got something at the end and I came up for the corner but it wasn’t to be.”

Pickford kept the Blues in this game time and again as they pushed forward and created more gaps in the back, first saving smartly at the near post from Paul Pogba, and then stopping Anthony Martial in time added on when he was clean through on a one-on-one.

In this brave new Everton squad, Jordan Pickford is the face of the brash, skillful team that Marco Silva is building.