Jordan Pickford

Pickford: Training under Silva is much tougher than last year

Pickford in goalEverton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford says his side are still getting a grip on the new training methods at Everton since the appointment of Marco Silva.

A lot has been made of the switch to zonal marking from set-pieces at Everton, but Pickford says that it’s more of a change of culture at the club.

He said, “The gaffer’s got a new regime of training, so we’re adapting to that as well. It’s a lot harder than it was last year.

“You’ve got to adapt to that and be fresh for the games, so it’s all about learning. It’s good.

“The goalkeepers don’t have to do any running, unless I need to come up for a corner.

“It’s a big change. The gaffer’s brought in his own staff, including a new keeper coach, so it takes a few weeks to adapt to the new regime.

“We’re on the pitch every day. We have our hard days on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then on Thursday and Friday, it comes down, but you’re doing a lot of set-pieces and tactical work on those two days.

“The first two days are tough. It’s a good training week, but I think it’s new to a lot of us.

“With Sam (Allardyce) and Marg (Martyn Margetson), who is also the England keeper coach, we do man for man marking.

“I thought we were consistent with it last season, but like I say new ideas, new manager, new system and all that, so the manager has brought a new system in.

“But if I remember rightly, with Ronald Koeman we went half-zonal.

“Sometimes it takes a few weeks – and we didn’t concede from a set-piece on Sunday so as long as we get drilled in properly, and the manager is working hard with us on it, we’ll crack it and hopefully we won’t be conceding too many more.”

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