Former Everton forward, Victor Anichebe, says the club must keep hold of their goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford amid interest from Chelsea.
Pickford was one of England’s standout performers at this summer’s World Cup in Russia and has emerged as Chelsea’s primary target should Thibaut Courtois depart the club for Real Madrid.
The shot stopper only joined Everton from Sunderland for £30m last summer.
Everton according to report will discussed an improved contract for Pickford when he returns from his World Cup break next week
And Anichebe believes Everton must build a strong spine with England’s No 1 at the base.
“They have to try and keep hold of him,” he told Sky Sports News
“He’s one of the best goalkeepers in Premier League [and] people could argue that he is probably one of the best in the world right now.
“Keeping hold of him is really important. It will be difficult if the big teams do come in with a big offer but as long as they [Everton] try and keep him and keep adding to what they have I think they will do well this year.”
Everton are on the verge of completing a deal to sign Barcelona left-back Lucas Digne but have already strengthened their squad with the acquisition of £40m forward Richarlison, who joined the club from Watford.
Anichebe believes Goodison Park is the perfect platform for Richarlison to demonstrate his talent and expects Everton’s fanatical support to help the Brazilian fulfil his potential.
“It’s a lot of money but I’m sure he will live up to the expectation,” Anichebe said.
“The Everton fans are great. As long as you try for them and give 100 per cent they will be good. As long as he works hard and gives them everything then I am sure the Everton fans will be good for him.”