Jordan Pickford has spoken out about his close friendship with Harry Kane.
The Everton and England goalkeeper has described Kane as a good mate and one of the best strikers in the world. He added that when training with Kane, it’s rare to save a shot due to his quality and that he’s never seen a finisher like him.
He said (via England Football):
“Harry is a good mate of mine and is one of the best strikers in the world,” Pickford said.
“When you are in training with him, you rarely save a shot because of the quality he has. If he has one chance, he is going to take it.”
“He has that eye for goal. He will pick his spot and he will commit to that spot. Nine times out of ten you can’t get there as a goalkeeper. It is the pace, the whip and the way he finishes the ball is incredible, with both feet.
“If a defender is standing half a yard off Harry, then as a goalkeeper you know you are in trouble because he will find that gap and he will commit to his shot.
“I have never seen a finisher like him.”
Spurs are looking for a long term replacement for Hugo Lloris who has started to make a lot of errors recently as age catches up with him.
They are said to be considering a number of options, including Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak and Leeds United’s Illan Meslier, but Pickford is “still the first choice”, according to reports in The Sun. He is expected to cost Spurs around £35m.
His poor form has prompted very harsh criticism from pundits with the likes of Garth Crook claiming that Spurs will not be able to win anything with the Frenchman in goal.
Jan Oblak would be a big name signing. However, a move for him is unlikely considering his age and the club’s transfer policy which focuses on young players with potential. Football Insider recently reported that Conte was denied a couple of proven stars including Romelu Lukaku and Stefan De Vrij for the same reason.
The other option is Illan Meslier who would be a good candidate. He has proven himself at Leeds and would meet Daniel Levy’s criteria.