Pickford boost for Everton’s top six chances

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford says he learned from this season's off-field drama and has matured throughout the campaign.

Everton fans will be boosted by the news England keeper Jordan Pickford sees himself as a more mature player this season as they push for a top-six spot.

Everton are one of the handful of clubs who are looking to break into the top six in the Premier League this season, and hopefully win a European spot, and they have started brightly.

During the international break, the Toffees currently sit in sixth spot in the fledgling table on seven points after two wins and a draw, coupled with one defeat.

They are expected to be in a fight with the likes of Leicester City, currently third on eight points, Wolves, 17th on three points, and West Ham, seventh on seven points, for the top six spots this term.

Although the way both Manchester United and Chelsea have started it could be a tough job for them to make the top-six places.

Pickford says his game has improved and he has matured after a heart-to-heart with boss Marco Silva at Goodison.

He said: “The maturity side has always been there. You get more mature with the more games you play. With the calmness it’s more about playing out from the back with my distribution and game-management.

“I’ve always said that you learn most when you go out on loan when you are a young player.

“Calmness I’ve definitely thought about a lot, being more calm, but I’ll still be doing all my shouting about because I try to be a leader from the back and for me.”

He added: “You are sometimes further away from players but you still get the shouting because I want to help the team as much as I can.”

Everton are next in action in the Premier League away at Bournemouth on Sunday September 15, and punters may choose to use their free bet on them coming away with a win.