Gareth Southgate is reportedly concerned that, should Everton be relegated, his number one goalkeeper will spend the months leading up to the World Cup playing in the Championship, which could open the door even further for Aaron Ramsdale.
Jordan Pickford is currently Gareth Southgate’s preferred number one keeper with Aaron Ramsdale breathing down his neck.
Now, it has been revealed that Pickford doesn’t have a relegation clause in his contract meaning he is set to play in the Championship, should the Toffees fail to survive relegation.
This would obviously be a boost for Ramsdale, as Southgate will want his number one keeper playing at the highest level possible.
At the time of writing, Everton are in the relegation places in 18th on 32 points.
Leeds United, Arsenal’s opponents this weekend, sit just two points ahead of Everton, having played a game more.
In fact, all the teams around Everton have played a game more, with Brentford in 14th having played 35 to Everton’s 33.
Everton are away to Leicester this weekend before going to Watford, hosting Brentford and Palace at home before they finish their season at the Emirates on 22 May.