According to Paul Joyce at The Times, the Blues haven't had formal discussions with the powers that be at Old Trafford but have reached out to Romero's agent about a possible move to Goodison Park.
Romero is now competing with Dean Henderson as the player most likely to dislodge David de Gea as first-choice goalie at United and he is apparently open to Everton's overtures.
Carlo Ancelotti has Jordan Pickford as his current No. 1 but some questionable displays at the back end of last season and again in midweek at Fleetwood have ratcheted up speculation that the club could move to bring in more competition.
Jonas Lössl is currently the de facto understudy to Pickford but Joao Virginia, who was just awarded a new four-year contract, played in the Dane's absence through injury in the second round of the Carabao Cup against Salford City.
Romero is said to be valued at around £10m but at one stage seemed to set to join Aston Villa for £8m before the Midlanders opted for Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal instead.
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1 Posted 25/09/2020 at 07:32:52
Ideally, we could strengthen the right side of the team (right-back and right-winger) but I'm not too greedy.
2 Posted 25/09/2020 at 07:42:19
If Everton splash the money on a decent centre-back and right-winger and I think we stand a real chance of causing a huge upset in the Premier League.
3 Posted 25/09/2020 at 07:44:43
Pickford's selection was part of Ancelotti's tactics to spec up for the Fleetwood challenge. But Pickford shot himself in the foot twice. I am sure Pickford would be getting specific coaching to tackle his weaknesses. Pickford may need medical help and recognition by him of the need for it, which could be difficult.
4 Posted 25/09/2020 at 08:39:35
It would be painful for Pickford if a game against Fleetwood leads to his falling out of favour for club and country.
5 Posted 25/09/2020 at 08:58:04
Pickford will cost us more points than he wins us and that should mean he's replaced before it's too late. He's just not been the same since he threw one in against them a couple of years ago.
6 Posted 25/09/2020 at 09:06:27
Again, as with any players from Man Utd or City there are no Work Permit issues and are already settled in this Country, have proved they can cut it at Premier League level, and presumably wouldn't have to find a new house either.
I haven't seen a lot of him in action, but he is a regular Number 1 for Argentina, so is no greenhorn, at 33 is neither over the hill. I hear echoes of no more Man Utd rejects etc, and with a lot we have been linked with.
I would totally agree, but I think this is definitely worth exploring further, it won't break the Bank or the Transfer Kitty and we would have two International goalkeepers vying for the No 1 spot, can't be bad.
7 Posted 25/09/2020 at 09:13:32
8 Posted 25/09/2020 at 09:38:12
I believe Nigel Martyn was 37 when he joined us as Richard Wrights understudy. Martyn soon replaced Wright (due to injury initially) and became an incredibly solid and reliable presence for his 3 seasons here. Moyes once described him as his best ever signing.
I can imagine Romero doing a similar job. Hes always looked an excellent keeper to me and reputedly has a tremendous work ethic.
9 Posted 25/09/2020 at 09:51:43
Pickford's save % over 8 years is 68.7%. His save % over his full 3 seasons at Everton is 65.9%. Which is below the league average. Yet people keep describing him as an 'excellent shotstopper'!
10 Posted 25/09/2020 at 09:54:50
If he gets his confidence back with a good goalkeeping coach then great. When he is on form he is a good keeper but... he needs to get his head up and work it through (sports psychologist might help)
Will he come good? How long has he got? What can he do? What should Carlo do?
Carlo is a good man manager, but he is ruthless too... I suspect his will be numbered unless he can put an error free season together.
11 Posted 25/09/2020 at 10:19:01
Big Nev has publicly back Jordan, but I suspect it is more to do with the goalkeepers union and a worry about his mental health as much as anything else. It is a shame that Nev cannot be brought in to help, but that is another story.
From what I have seen, he is agile, quick, has a huge kick and can make good reflex saves.The downside is his positioning at set-pieces, and vunerability from long range shots as well as seeming to make wrong choices.
I don't think it's about confidence, I think he is simply a bit thick and can't learn from his mistakes. Give me a calm, steady guy, who commands his 6 yard box, with good hands and good concentration.
Good goalies organise the defence and inspire confidence in the rest of the team. A few months ago, I would have said he wasn't our most pressing problem, but now the horizons have changed. The midfield looks competitive and the attack more productive. We have tremendous competition at left back and Kenny back to compete with Seamus. Pickford has had no competition in the past and complacency has crept in.
Romero could be the catalyst for him to up his game or his replacement. Every other player has been bench when sub-standard, Keane, Mina, Davies, Sigurdsson, Schnides, etc, etc, but not Pickford.
I fear that his mistakes might cost us a place or two this season. It wouldn't be so bad if we were 12th instead of 10th but he could be the difference between 5th or 7th, or even 4th or 5th!
12 Posted 25/09/2020 at 10:32:34
The point is, Ancelotti cannot now leave the goalkeeping situation as it is. At a minimum he needs a very strong back-up keeper, who in all likelihood will be in the team by November as I don't think any of us can see his form improving to an acceptable level.
The only good thing about Pickford is that he seems to be lucky. We haven't suffered too badly with his errors as most have happened in games we've won anyway (Fleetwood) or he gets away with some of his blunders.
13 Posted 25/09/2020 at 11:01:42
At 33 he still has a good few years left, I think he would be up for it and fully motivated to help the team. Plus he is South American, and that has become almost compulsory.
14 Posted 25/09/2020 at 11:12:58
Didn't Richard Wright fall out of his loft and dislocate is shoulder at some point?
15 Posted 25/09/2020 at 11:22:21
16 Posted 25/09/2020 at 12:07:30
17 Posted 25/09/2020 at 12:16:26
It's like tripping over the trip hazard sign, you couldn't make it up.
18 Posted 25/09/2020 at 12:33:18
All players make mistakes, but obviously if a keeper messes up, it's magnified massively. Pickford is a good keeper, he's also still quite young at 26 so has time to mature as a keeper.
That said, we need reliability and results now (not later) and Don Carlo isn't a sentimental manager. Pickford also isn't the most likeable character in my view, a view shared by many by all accounts – this certainly appears to work against him for lots of supporters.
Personally I always back goalkeepers, not least because I know how bloody difficult keeping goal actually is, and how badly you're shown up when you make a mistake. There does of course come a point where a manager has to make a choice, and Romero seems like a sensible one.
19 Posted 25/09/2020 at 12:42:21
I'd like to see Romero come in. Another reliable goalkeeper is Ben Foster at Watford. I know he's 37 or so, now but he's a good solid goalkeeper, who looks after himself and a good bloke off the field. I used to play 5-a-side with him when he was on Stoke's books, many moons ago. He's played for Man Utd and I don't think he'd be phased playing for us. He just gets on with it, unlike Pickford.
20 Posted 25/09/2020 at 14:09:43
21 Posted 25/09/2020 at 14:33:39
22 Posted 25/09/2020 at 14:36:10
And people slated Howard... :D
Should have been in for Martinez though (not Bobs as mentioned elsewhere).
23 Posted 25/09/2020 at 14:47:51
Romero is a quality keeper, and at the price quotde he'd be a fine acquisition.
24 Posted 25/09/2020 at 15:04:47
Nev's public backing of Jordan was full of double-speak. I watched that press conference at a friend's and that was his conclusion. Pickford was selected for the next game. I think if Pickford makes one mistake with England he will be gone like Robinson.
Robinson was harshly treated. I remember Steve Gerard's look back at Robinson after the ball had skewed under him into the goal. I never had time for Gerard after that and thought the slip that lost the League was payback.
I hope that something can be done to help Pickford, because a fall from the level he is at could have an adverse effect on him personally.
25 Posted 25/09/2020 at 16:06:22
26 Posted 25/09/2020 at 16:07:54
27 Posted 25/09/2020 at 16:32:50
28 Posted 25/09/2020 at 18:50:15
29 Posted 25/09/2020 at 19:50:18
Nigel Martyn's debut was away at Boro on 21 September 2003 (L 0-1) at the age of 37 years 2 months and 9 days.
His last game for us was at home to Arsenal on 21 January 2006 (W 1-0) at the grand age of 39 years 6 months and 12 days. He was the last player born in the 1960s to play for our club.
Well done for the memory.
30 Posted 25/09/2020 at 20:06:06
31 Posted 25/09/2020 at 20:30:17
According to a news story this week, Saints won't even loan out Gunn to Stoke unless it's a swap for Jack Butland, so it's obvious they don't have faith in Forster even as a backup.
We need to do MUCH better than that guy.
32 Posted 25/09/2020 at 20:42:08
In the circumstances, we need a top-class 'keeper not just a panic buy to put pressure on Pickford.
We might try to get Donnarumma in January other than that I don't see any other realistic improvements on Pickford.
If you do a search for top goalkeeper in the world, you still get Lloris and De Gea and even Mignolet and Reina in, there such is the scarcity of top goalies right now.
33 Posted 25/09/2020 at 20:44:21
Perhaps Mike G or JC might offer some insight?
34 Posted 26/09/2020 at 01:31:06
35 Posted 26/09/2020 at 11:52:38
Having nothing to do for most of the game and then being alert to act when needed is a key attribute for a keeper.
However, he was outstanding in keeping Rangers out at a time in the season when they were very much on the up. Gerard went on about him for weeks afterwards.
Im not saying hes the long term answer but we have a complete liability between the sticks now.
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