After another draw in the Premier League this afternoon – this time against relegation favourites Leicester City – the time has come for Joel Robles to be handed the goalkeeper jersey at Everton once again.
While Tim Howard was out injured, the Spaniard grew in stature and his form improved dramatically between the sticks for Everton, but as soon as Howard was fit again, the USA international was slotted straight back into the first team. And it has been to the detriment of results.
After a succession of three clean sheets with Robles in goal, Howard was installed once again for the visit to Chelsea where a deflected shot crept past him in the last minute with many wondering if he could have done better. Then, against BSC Young Boys on Thursday, the American was poorly positioned for the Swiss opener while today his complete inability to catch a football led to Leicester taking the lead for a second time.
Not that the first goal was entirely out of Howard’s remit. A low cross slid across the six yard box and the American opted to parry it back into the middle of the penalty area where Evertonian David Nugent was on hand to fire the visitors into a lead.
Before Howard’s return, boss Roberto Martinez said, “Tim is the number one and then it’s just down to the competition from Joel and it’s great to see Joel performing the way he has done.”
Three games and no clean sheets later, it is time for Joel to be handed back the gloves.
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