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Everton fans left flummoxed by Jordan Pickford's incredible 75 yard pass

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Signed for £30m from Sunderland earlier this summer, Everton number one Jordan Pickford looks to be the real deal.

He continued his mightily impressive start to his Everton career with an excellent display in Thursday night's 2-0 win over Hajduk Split.

Michael Keane and Idrissa Gueye scored first half goals as Ronald Koeman's side secured an important victory in the first leg of their Europa League play-off.

Led by Wayne Rooney up front, Everton looked excellent and have won their first four games of a season for the first time since 1978/79.

They've kept four successive clean sheets and the addition of 23-year-old Pickford between the sticks appears to be having the desired effect.

However, Everton face Pep Guardiola's Manchester City at the Etihad on Monday night.

Pickford highlighted his incredible distribution during Thursday night's 2-0 Europa League win, picking out Dominic Calvert-Lewin with a precise 75 yard sideways volleyed pass.

Launching a dangerous counter-attack, Pickford's incredible long-range pass immediately put the Blues on the front foot.

Everton fans on social media could barely control themselves.

Pickford is still yet to be capped by his country but looks certain to become the England number one for years to come.

Koeman heaped praise on the young goalkeeper after the 1-0 win over Stoke last weekend.

"We know we brought in a really good goalkeeper," Koeman said

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"He dominated his area today, he's still young, and he had a great save on that [Shaqiri] shot. That's really important."

The Dutch manager recently explained why Everton splashed out £30m on Pickford, noting his excellent distribution skills.

“We paid that money for a goalkeeper because we believe in the young boy,” he told the club's official website. “He is only 23, but he’s really comfortable, a great kicker of the ball."

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Everton finished 7th last season but some pundits are wondering if they can break into the top 4 this year following an excellent summer in the transfer market.

They've spent over £150m on Pickford, Keane, Rooney, Davy Klaasen, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Sandro Ramirez.

Visiting Manchester City on Monday night will be a real test of how much they've improved.

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