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Sunderland boss Moyes: Pickford needs to hit the gym

Sunderland boss David Moyes has told Jordan Pickford he needs to build himself up to be a long-term Premier League prospect.

The 22-year-old Sunderland starlet has endured a testing start to the season after being drafted in for the injured Vito Mannone with new boss Moyes trying to mould a team in front of him.

He said: "He needs to continue to up his level, he needs to continue to change his body and his frame. I remember Joe Hart when he first left Shrewsbury to come up - when you look at him compared to the shape and the size he looks now...

"There's a lot of work the goalkeepers, especially young goalkeepers, have to put in in the gym, through their level of commitment in their work, and Jordan should look at these people and how they were when they left at 21 and 22 years old and how they shape up now.

"There'll be a big difference in how he would see them."

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