GARY Rowett reckons goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has shown genuine potential at Burton Albion.
The 19-year-old keeper has made eight appearances so far this season on loan for the Brewers from Premier League Sunderland, with his spell interrupted by a slight knee injury.
His loan has been extended until December and Rowett is pleased with Pickford’s progress.
“Jordan has shown us some real potential,” said the manager. “We’re hoping we can keep him with us for the rest of the season to compete, alongside Dean Lyness, for the goalkeeping position.”
Pickford, who had a successful spell at Alfreton Town last season, had made a few mistakes for the Brewers – but Rowett points out every keeper’s mistake is magnified.
“He was disappointed with one of Wimbledon’s goals the other week,” said the Albion boss.
“But that’s one mistake and any player – especially a young player – will make the odd one.
“Any goalkeeper’s mistake is also highlighted because it often leads to a goal.”
Pickford’s loan at the Pirelli Stadium is likely to be extended in a piecemeal fashion, with the Black Cats keeping their options open should one of their other keepers get injured.
“They don’t want to look too far ahead but are happy he’s here and playing games for us,” said Rowett. “We’ll keep extending it while we can.
“Jordan’s got good attributes to be a top keeper.”
A player at the other end of his career, Rory Delap, will next week increase his training as he comes back from a niggling hamstring injury.
“Rory’s made good progress,” said Rowett. “He’s just as frustrated with it as we are.
“He’s come back before and it’s set him back a bit.
“He was part of our good run and he’s been missed a little bit as any quality player of that ilk will be.
“We don’t want a recurrence.
“But he’s upped his training. This weekend will possibly be a little bit too soon but we’re hopeful with a full week’s training he’ll be available soon.”