Sunderland manager David Moyes has claimed that goalkeeper Jordan Pickford would take a “backwards step” if he joined Manchester City and sat on the bench.
Pickford has been one of the few bright sparks in an otherwise struggling Black Cats outfit this season and has earned himself a nomination for the PFA Young Player of the Year Award.
With Sunderland expected to be relegated, it is likely that he will move to another club at the end of the season. The 23-year-old is reportedly one of the players that City manager Pep Guardiola is monitoring as looks set to do a defensive shakeup at the Etihad Stadium during the summer.
Moyes has warned Pickford that he will need to choose his next club carefully if he hopes to establish himself within the England national team setup.
He said, “What Jordan can’t afford is a year not playing. It would be a backward step if he wasn’t going to be a No.1 keeper. I don’t think it would do him any good at all if he was to spend a season as a No.2.”