Do Everton need a new goalkeeper to replace Tim Howard?
6th October 2015

On Sunday, Everton faced Liverpool in the 225th Merseyside derby, and, as with most of the recent meetings, it was the Evertonians who felt the most disappointment.

The result was a draw, but the feeling of absolute deflation and frustration shows how far we have come from the team that I watched growing up in the 90s. However, it also pointed out two areas of weakness in our squad.

We all knew that we needed a playmaker with guile and flair to open up resilient defences, and the pattern repeated itself again, where Everton ran out of ideas to open up a robust Liverpool defence. Towards the last 20 minutes of the match, the Blues needed a spark of creation.

Yet, we managed to score, and Liverpool created little. Instead of bemoaning a playmaker, which Martinez has already touted that he requires, I will be focusing on a player who the Spaniard still hasn’t accepted that needs replacing.

4th October 2015 - Barclays Premier League - Everton v Liverpool - Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Tim Howard

For the second time in a week, Everton conceded from a set play where an oncoming attacker had a free header inside the six-yard box. Teams play on the fact that Tim Howard is incapable of commanding his area, and doesn’t come to put pressure on crosses, whether that be punching them clear or catching. Either would be better than what he is currently doing, which appears to be waiting on his line for the ball to pass him into the net.

Yes, on both occasions the player heading in should have been marked, but the fact remains that anything in that area should be claimed, and any top keeper would be commanding the situation. Even our opposition keeper, who has received criticism for his perceived inability to claim crosses and command his area would have done more to put off an onrushing attacker by ‘attempting’ to get to the ball.

I praised Howard as being an experienced member of the squad, and useful at helping young players break through into the first-team, in my last article, but, unfortunately, we are in need of someone who can do the mentor role and provide stability in his position. At the moment (and he has had spells in each of the last couple of years as well), he is causing problems for the defenders in front of him.

I feel that it is now due time that Martinez came to accept that we need a new goalkeeper, and one of the class that we require to move forward.

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  1. He is 36 or 37 so it has to be a priority this summer. Over 100 clean sheets for the club he has been a valued servant. The question now is who do we get and who will come. One thing we have to remember is how the fan conducts themselves over any player in our blue shirt is viewed by prospective players coming to us. The manager is the ultimate last word to sit Howard for Robles. So will he and do the fans bidding because he doesn’t command his six yard box. Only time will tell. One things for sure he is the best we have until January and the more we moan it won’t do us any good until then. The sad fact is everyone is disappointed over the Ings goal and another heartbreaking tie but we have to move on the club is bigger than any player in good or bad form.

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  2. I have said it for many years,that he does not have any control of his box,he does a little tap dance on his line then just looks on,then comes running out shouting and ranting at his back four,if we had a top class goalkeeper from the start of this season,we wold have at least six more polite in the bag,and would be in the top four,that’s the difference Between. Big nev or a Nigel Martin.

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  3. Tim Howard has been a great servant to the cause.
    Robles doesn’t appear to be able to force his way in.
    I would go for John Ruddy, although we sold him, he would be an ideal choice to push/replace Howard.

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