English Premiership

Pickford hails impact of coach Oliveira

Jordan Pickford (Supplied)
Jordan Pickford (Supplied)

Cape Town - Jordan Pickford says Everton goalkeeping coach Hugo Oliveira has helped him improve his game by exposing him to new ideas and techniques.

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The Toffes are yet to keep a clean sheet this season, but Pickford has put in some impressive performances nonetheless. The England international has made 13 saves this campaign.

The 24-year-old says he is eager to take Oliveira's ideas on board and is relishing the opportunity to work with the Portuguese coach.

"Working with Hugo is very good, he has brought new ideas with him - different ideas from what I have known and different working styles," Pickford told EvertonTV.

"It is important for me that I am learning and adapting. That is how I can add the one or two per cent which will make a better keeper.

"I only had a couple of weeks off in the summer but when I came back I felt fresh and excited. The time off after the World Cup was important - that period when you switch off helps you later in the season when things are intense.

"But I enjoy getting on with my work. That is the type of lad I am and I just crack on.

"You want to take on board new ideas because that is how you get better as a person and a player."