There are always departures after relegation and while there are plenty of players Sunderland will not miss or remember fondly, the impending sale of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford will break hearts on Wearside, including his own. It is probably not a case of whether Pickford leaves this summer, but rather for how much. As the most valuable asset in a squad that will be ripped apart, regardless of whether David Moyes remains as manager or not – in order to reboot in the Championship, the sale of a local boy and an outstanding talent will hurt. But his list of admirers is long and his reputation continues to soar after this match-winning display against Hull City. Pickford could not save Sunderland from relegation but his saves against Hull may well have relegated the Tigers, who slipped into the bottom three after Marco Silva’s first home defeat as manager and they could join Moyes’ side in the Championship next season if they lose at Crystal Palace next weekend. Pickford has pulled off so many stunning stops, blocks and finger-tip acrobatics this season that someone will surely offer too much money for Sunderland, a club in a dire financial position, to resist.
Sunderland's Jordan Pickford to be targeted by host of top clubs after another match-winning display
The Telegraph | May 8