Marco Silva, Everton manager, says Jordan Pickford was bound to suffer a mini dip after a meteoric rise over the last two years.
Silva acknowledged Pickford has endured an inconsistent season, but defended 24-year-old who has had no rest since his World Cup heroics.
“Everything comes really fast to Jordan in his career in the last year and a half,” said Silva.
“First, because he has the quality to achieve that. He deserves it because he shows very, very good quality to become No 1 of the national team and have a fantastic World Cup.
“If you look two years ago, where was Jordan? He is playing at a different level. He deserves it because he showed his quality. I’m sure with more experience and games and more fantastic performances and, in other moments, some mistakes, Jordan will learn. He has had very, very good moments this season, others not so good.