By Alex McLeish

1st Jul, 2021 | 12:00pm

McLeish makes '10-year' claim as Everton submit Romero offer

Alex McLeish has insisted Sergio Romero would firmly be backup to Jordan Pickford after being offered a contract by Everton.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed any new goalkeeper at Goodison Park would play second fiddle to the England international.

As revealed by Football Insider on June 28th, Everton have offered Romero, 34, a lucrative contract to sign him on a free transfer.

The Argentina international is currently without a club after leaving Manchester United at the end of his deal.

Everton tried to sign Romero last summer but United were unwilling to sell to a potential top-four rival.

McLeish admitted questions have been asked about Pickford’s performances at Everton over the past 12 months.

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However, he suggested Romero, or any other goalkeeper, would not be anything but backup to the England star.

McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “As direct competition to Pickford? People asked questions about Pickford this season.

“But the guy’s come back to form in a great way and great credit to him for that. He has kept the other goalkeepers at bay.

“There is always a place at a football club for a second goalkeeper like Romero. Sometimes they get 10 years out of that, it’s like a career.

“I would think that anybody at this moment wouldn’t go in and necessarily be a challenge to Jordan Pickford. I would say that they would be the backup to Jordan Pickford.”

Romero did not play a single minute for Manchester United during the 2020/21 campaign.

Meanwhile, Pickford, 27, missed six Premier League games under former boss Carlo Ancelotti.

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