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Pickford earns Young Player of the Year nomination

Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford Credit: PA

Sunderland's overworked goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has earned a nomination for 2017 PFA Young Player of the Year.

The 23-year-old is nominated for the Professional Footballers Association award alongside Everton's Romelu Lukaku, Manchester City's Leroy Sane, Totenham's Deli Alli and Harry Kare, as well as Burnley's Michael Keane.

Despite standing only 6ft 1in, Pickford has dealt with high balls as well, with 39 high takes and 16 punches ranking fifth and fourth in the league respectively.

Pickford beat Vito Mannone to the post to become the Black Cat's first team goalie and this year had his first England squad call up.

108
Number of shots at goal Jordan Pickford has saved this season.

The goalie has saved an impressive 108 goals this season which places him in second position in the top flight, beaten only by Burnley's Tom Heaton who saved 120.

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