Maarten Stekelenburg

Koeman: Stekelenburg A Shrewd Everton Signing

maartenstekelenburgEverton manager Ronald Koeman believes new arrival Maarten Stekelenburg will provide fierce competition for his first-team goalkeeping contingent.

Stekelenburg joined the Blues from Championship side Fulham last Friday, signing a three-year deal, for an undisclosed fee.

The Dutch shop stopper worked under compatriot Koeman at Southampton during a season-long loan spell throughout the 2015/16 campaign.

And Koeman told the Liverpool Echo that he expects the 33-year-old to keep his other senior keepers on their toes in the seasons to come.

Koeman said: “I’m very pleased (to have signed Stekelenburg).

“You know we had Joel (Robles) as the goalkeeper and we need competition in that position. I know Maarten very well.

“I took him to Southampton and he did a good job. He was second choice under Fraser Forster but a really good professional and I’m very happy he’s one of our first signings.

“First of all he brings quality which is very important and then he’s a goalkeeper with experience.

“Six summers ago he played in the final of the World Cup in South African in 2010. Goalkeepers have their best seasons from the age of 30.

“He’s 33 and still has a good future as a goalkeeper ahead of him and that’s very important.”

Despite bringing in the former Netherlands international, Koeman is still thought to be on the hunt for another goalkeeping addition before the end of this summer’s transfer window.

Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel, Manchester City’s Joe Hart and Ajax’s Jasper Cillessen are all rumoured to be on the 53-year-old’s list of potential targets.

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