Martinez confirms Everton will assess possible additions in key position

Tim Howard is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines and Everton could seek goalkeeping recruitments in January as a result.

With Tim Howard ruled out for up to six weeks with a calf injury, Everton may have to look at options available to them to cover for his absence.

Howard has monopolised the number one shirt at Goodison Park every since arriving at the club, and his lengthy spell on the sidelines leaves them short of cover. 

Joel Robles deputised in goal for Everton in their last match, a 3-2 defeat to Newcastle United, but manager Roberto Martinez has suggested that they could purchase a new stopper in the January transfer window. 

"I thought Joel was very calm against Stoke and did well against Newcastle," Martinez said to a press conference today. "But we will assess whether we need cover."

Martinez knows Joel's talents well having worked with him at Wigan Athletic before bringing him to Goodison Park, but there is a feeling that he is only suitable as a number two, due to his likeliness of making errors. 

The Toffees can ill-afford to take risks with their team, given their poor start to the season, and leaving an unproven custodian to protect their goal could prove costly. 

Everton are already well behind where they had planned to be at this stage of the campaign and they know that their form will need to pick up in 2015 if they are to get anywhere near meeting expectations.

Martinez's men were predicted to be amongst the leading Champions League contenders, but they are struggling down in 12th place at the moment and the search for a new goalkeeper is an added complication that they could do without. 

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