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“I’m trying to calm him down!”


James Tarkowski has praised Everton team-mate Jordan Pickford, describing the goalkeeper as “incredible”.

The centre-back moved to Goodison Park over the summer after completing his contract with Burnley following their relegation from the Premier League.

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Pickford has been described as ‘incredible’ by Everton star James Tarkowski

The defender moved to Goodison Park this summer and is enjoying life with his new teammates

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The defender moved to Goodison Park this summer and is enjoying life with his new teammates

While the Toffees narrowly avoided relegation last season, this season has been a marked improvement for Frank Lampard’s side who sit 12th in the table.

Tarkowski came to life with Everton like a duck to water and hails the impact of Pickford and fellow England international Conor Coady for making life easier for him at his new club.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Tarkowski said: “I think it’s key, especially when you can get consistency in your partnership.

“I had it with Ben Mee and Nick Pope at Burnley which worked pretty well and right now I have the same with [Conor] Coady and Jordan [Pickford].

“Jordan is an incredible goalie. You can see with some of the saves he made against Fulham he is the best.

“He’s been doing it for years now and Coady’s experience, he’s one of the best leaders I’ve seen. The way he talks and the way he plays, it’s been a pleasure to play with. those two.


The goalkeeper put on another impressive display against Fulham

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The goalkeeper put on another impressive display against Fulham

Pickford is certainly among the loudest goalkeepers in the Premier League

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Pickford is certainly among the loudest goalkeepers in the Premier League

Pickford is renowned for his vocal nature between the sticks and Tarkowski joked he was considering more extreme measures to stop the goalkeeper being in his ear during games.

He explained: “I’m trying to calm him down. I’m going to start fining him when he gets out of his box because he’s still out there talking to me!

“He’s good, to be fair, because he can see the whole game behind you and he knows his football, so he comes out to let me know what’s going on so we’re not caught off guard.

” He is classy. That’s how he likes to play football, he’s full of energy and it shows when he plays but honestly what a goalkeeper and against Fulham you saw the best of him.

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