I would say Pickford is debatable, let's judge him when he's been here as long as Howard was, Martyn.....hmmm ? West, without a doubt and Ted Sagar, well from what we can read about a player that was with us 90 odd years ago he was top flight but I'm sure if we go back a further 60 years we could uncover another gem or two.
Pickford has played for his country at a world cup semi final and is undoubtedly England's number one. At 25.
Pickford is streets ahead of Howard and will get even better.
Martyn was light years ahead of Howard and was the last of his generation of goalkeepers. Southall once said he must think its Christmas every week with the protection keepers get these days as when he started out you still got beat up 9 Saturdays out of 10. Even "past his prime" he was better than an "on his day" Howard.
Sagar won things with Everton in an era where - again - goalkeepers got beat up. He kept clean sheets in games where there would be 5 up front for the opposition.
And that's the difference. Bob Latchford says one of the main reasons his Everton side didn't win anything was down to not having a world class keeper.
Howard was decent, and he didn't stop us winning things on his own, but put a cross down his throat with a striker on his toes and you scored because he would flap it. Shoot from long range and get it on target and you had a chance. He'll save your penalty, and shots from inside the box every time though.
Did enjoy him scoring though