Tim Howard no longer tabbed as Everton starting keeper

Tim Howard no longer tabbed as Everton starting keeper

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Tim Howard no longer tabbed as Everton starting keeper

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Tim Howard Everton Chelsea (Getty Images)

While U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard has enjoyed a decorated career in the English Premier League with club side Everton, the veteran may very well need to find a new home soon if he wants to continue to hold a starting role.

On Friday, Everton head coach Roberto Martinez confirmed that Spanish net-minder Joel Robles has assumed the team’s number one position in goal. When asked pointed blank about Robles being the Toffees’ starter moving forward, Martinez said, “He is.”

The 36-year old Howard has been with Everton since 2006, while on loan with Manchester United. The USMNT keeper then signed on with the club the following season and has made 412 appearances across all competitions.

Martinez wouldn’t speculate whether or not Howard will remain with the Merseyside club beyond this season, despite various reports linking the American to an MLS reunion.

“Tim Howard has brought so much to the Premier League,” Martinez said. “It isn’t normal for a foreign player to get so attached to a football club, especially in the modern game. He is now in his 10th season with us and he’s made an incredible contribution. All we’re focused on is getting Tim back to his best level and making sure he is able to finish the season strongly.

“All I’m focusing on is making sure that Tim gets back to his best level and being able to finish the season strong. Whatever happens in the future, I don’t think it’s the right moment to speak about it now.”

Can the American regain his starting role? Will Howard remain with Everton beyond 2016?

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