Hello and welcome to New FPL Transfers Everton Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane. Having covered Everton’s attacking transfers in the previous article we now make our way back to the defence and look at new keeper Jordan Pickford and central defender Michael Keane. Both are young (Pickfrd is 23, Keane 24) and Koeman will hope that both will serve the club for seasons to come – well, at least until the manager has hopped off to Barcelona anyway. It’s the trendy thing to say, but I make no apologies for repeating myself – ignore Everton until GW6 (unless you fancy a GW1 punt home to Burnley) – GW2-GW6 fixtures read Man City (a), Chelsea (a), Spurs (h), Man Utd (a). It’s ugly folks, but it changes for the better from GW6, which gives us time to assess and see if for example if Keane can establish himself as a regular starter alongside Ashley Williams or Phil Jagielka or if maybe Koeman plays all 3. Anyway, that’s all for the future, let’s take a quick look at Pickers and Keano.
FPL Price 5.0mln
Pickford is of course well known to most FPL managers after his heroic season at Sunderland last season despite the Black Cats’ unsuccessful fight against relegation. There weren’t many clean sheets last term but Pickford impressed with his never-say-attitude and endless saves which contributed to decent returns for those managers who owned him. It was a busy summer for the young keeper who represented England U21s at the Euros as well as becoming England’s most expensive keeper when he sealed a £30mln move to the blue half of Merseyside. Pickford will be immediately installed as Koeman’s first choice keeper and is heavily tipped to become England’s no.1 sooner rather than later also. Pickford is a traditional northerner – tough, resolute and loves a battle, highlighted by the words of Sunderland’s goalkeeping coach Adrian Tucker: ‘I remember I went to Yeovil to do a scouting report on him. I was working for England Under-20s at the time and Jordan was playing for Bradford. The game was only five minutes in when a cross came in and he got clattered by one of Yeovil’s strikers. He got up straight away, shook it off and did not show he was hurt. I thought to myself, ‘You’ll do for me, son’.
FPL Price 5.5mln
Keane signed for the Blues in a deal worth £25mln, arriving from Burnley where he spent two season after being released by Man United in 2015. The defender was a shining light at the back for Burnley last term, impressing many which resulted in him gaining two England caps. The Blues are reported to have fended off competition from several other clubs in purchasing Keane and the player identifies the manager himself as a big reason why he chose Everton: ‘the manager was a big factor in me coming to the club. He played in my position when he was a world-class player for a great Barcelona side and a great Dutch side and the style of football he likes to play will suit me, I believe. I watched a lot of Everton last season and I believe I really suit how the team likes to play. I feel like this is a great place to come and continue my development as a player. He’s convinced me that he can still improve me in certain areas of my game.’ Nothing like getting on the right side of the boss from day 1. Anyway you know the form, watch the first few fixtures, see how he settles in etc etc etc. Keane isn’t cheap at 5.5mln, especially as he only scored 7 goals in 100 games for Burnley, I feel he may just be a tad over priced at 5.5mln to be a value pick in FPL terms – Pickford is cheaper at 5.0mln as is Jagielka, while Mason Holgate and Jonjoe Kenny are even cheaper at 4.5mln, one of whom will probably deputise for the injured Seamus Coleman until the Irishman returns.
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