Erik ten Hag’s desire to mould his Manchester United team in his own image is well underway with quite a few changes having taken place after their summer splurge.
While consternations remain over the lack of firepower up top, it is between the sticks that Ten Hag is most worried about for the long-term future of the club.
GK conundrum at United
David de Gea has been an exceptional servant to the club during his decade-long stay but while his shot-stopping remains superlative, it is in other areas that he continues to lack.
Modern goalkeepers all are required to be comfortable with the ball at their feet and have the ability to play as a sweeper-keeper when required.
For far too long, De Gea’s weakness while playing out from the back and his tendency to remain rooted to the spot has held back the Red Devils.
And the Dutch boss had made it abundantly clear that he wants a change, even if the Spaniard were to stay on at the club for the long term on reduced wages.
🚨 Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United are all considering a move to sign Jordan Pickford from Everton.
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One surprising name that was mentioned back in the summer and has once again been found a mention ahead of the January transfer window is that of Everton shot-stopper Jordan Pickford.
According to The Daily Mail, “England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s Everton future is in doubt, with the club yet to sign off on the new five-year contract he agreed before the World Cup.
Pickford emerges as surprise candidate
“Word of the delay has alerted the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea.”
Apparently, the England No 1 had agreed a five-year new deal before going to Qatar but the contract is yet to be signed off by the club for some unknown reason.
“The delay is at boardroom level, and not with the player. Sources have expressed surprise that the contract remains with the club’s owners, when a swift resolution had been expected before Pickford left for Qatar,” the report further added.
While Tottenham are looking at a long-term successor for Hugo Lloris, 36, Chelsea have struggled to find a reliable stopper in recent seasons.
It is written that United could possibly fund this strange switch by moving on on-loan goalie Dean Henderson, currently on loan at Nottingham Forest.