Jordan Pickford vs David De Gea: Have Man Utd found the perfect replacement for their No1?

JORDAN PICKFORD is being lined up to replace David De Gea at Old Trafford… and the stats make for good reading for Manchester United fans!

SunSport exclusively revealed earlier today how United will make a move for the £60m rated Everton goalkeeper.

Jordan Pickford vs David De Gea: Have Man Utd found the perfect replacement for their No1?6 SunSport runs the rule over whether Jordan Pickford would be a suitable replacement for De Gea with a comparison stat box
Jordan Pickford vs David De Gea: Have Man Utd found the perfect replacement for their No1?Reuters6 Pickford, 24, makes a superb stop to deny Alvaro Morata at Stamford Bridge last weekend

It now looks increasingly likely De Gea will move on when his contract runs out next summer, with the Spaniard refusing to commit to a new long-term deal.

We take a look at how they compare in the Premier League to see if the Everton man can fill De Gea’s big boots…

Since the start of the 2017/18 season both De Gea and Pickford have featured prominently in the top flight making 49 and 50 appearances respectively.

Remarkably, the pair have made the same number of saves between August 2017 and November 2018 – totalling 157.

Jordan Pickford vs David De Gea: Have Man Utd found the perfect replacement for their No1?Reuters6 De Gea looks set to leave Old Trafford when his contract runs out – which would be a huge blow to United
Jordan Pickford vs David De Gea: Have Man Utd found the perfect replacement for their No1?Getty – Contributor6 However, £60m rated Everton stopper Pickford is being lined up to replace the Spaniard

But then Pickford takes centre stage, coming out on top in the other three designated categories.

The ex-Sunderland stopper has saved three spot kicks in the Premier League from the start of last season, while De Gea has none to his name during that period.

Pickford is also top of the tree when it comes to high claims, registering five more (22) than De Gea (17).

The final knock-out blow comes with the England No 1 claiming a successful 23 punches, as opposed to De Gea's 10.

Let's face it, the signs look very promising indeed that Pickford had what it takes to become the new Manchester United No 1.

 

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Jordan Pickford vs David De Gea: Have Man Utd found the perfect replacement for their No1?Getty – Contributor6 Jordan Pickford, middle, denied Crystal Palace's Luka Milivojevic from the penalty spot earlier this season
Jordan Pickford vs David De Gea: Have Man Utd found the perfect replacement for their No1?Reuters6 The ex-Sunderland keeper has saved three penalties in the top flight since August 2017
PICKFORD AND DE GEA'S PREMIER LEAGUE RECORDSJordan Pickford vs David De Gea: Have Man Utd found the perfect replacement for their No1?

Jordan Pickford, 17 clean sheets in 81 appearances (Sunderland and Everton)

David De Gea, 94 clean sheets in 249 appearances (Manchester United)

VERDICT: 

While Gary Neville has astonishingly claimed Pickford is "not his idea of a goalkeeper", everything points towards the Toffees keeper being the perfect replacement for De Gea.

Pickford has all the attributes to be successful at a club like Manchester United.

He's an undoubted talent with a wise head on young shoulders, with his temperament one of his main qualities.

Still only 24, Pickford has at least over a decade of football left in him and can go right to the very top.

It would be £60m well spent if United can get a deal over the line for him… that's for sure.

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