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Sunderland defender Jones backs Black Cats keeper Pickford to be 'captain' one day

Sunderland defender Billy Jones has backed his teammate keeper Jordan Pickford to captain the Black Cats one day.

The 23-year-old, who is a summer transfer target of some of the major English clubs such as Everton and Manchester City, produced a series of fine saves to lead his team to a 2-0 win at Hull City on Saturday.

Jones, who scored the opening goal in the game, said: "Jordan's showed by consistently performing well in this league how good he is. It's been great to play with him and to see that.

"He's come back [from loan spells] and showed it. He's been consistently performing well within this league. He's a great goalkeeper and we'd love to have him here next year.

"For a supposedly young player he's had a lot of loans and played a lot of football and he's got that experience in dressing rooms that you need. I class him as one of our leaders and he will be a great leader one day, maybe even a captain."

Vyom Chaudhary
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