Roberto Martinez comments on Everton's goalkeeping situation

Roberto Martinez pitchside for Everton

Tim Howard's injury sustained in the boxing day defeat to Stoke is one of a number of blows Everton have suffered lately.

The goalkeeping situation at Goodison Park is one of many issues on Everton manager Roberto Martinez's place at the moment. 

Tim Howard is currently sidelined with a calf injury, with Joel Robles currently the man between the posts. This all comes at time when Everton's defence has been incredibly leaky and has contributed to the side's poor form in the Premier League of late, which sees them just the five points above the relegation zone.

Martinez told the Liverpool Echo that he is happy with the goalkeepers at his club, but admits it is an area that he could look to strengthen.

He said: “We have two young goalkeepers who have a terrific future but I do need to see if there is an opportunity to make us a bit stronger in that area.

“But in the same way he has to be the right character and have the right profile to do that.

“If he is not available and if January is not the right time to find a perfect replacement then I would be quite happy to allow the youngsters to show what they can do.

“At the moment it is a situation we are monitoring.”

Martinez knows Joel Robles from his time at Wigan Athletic where he played a big part in their cup triumph in 2013 but has ruled out bringing the other goalkeeper from his days at the Latics in Ali Al-Habsi.

The other goalkeeper currently at Martinez's disposal is 18-year-old Russell Griffiths, who has yet to make a first team appearance for the Toffees.

It seems as though the Spaniard is in no great rush to bring in another goalkeeper but it is one part of the squad that needs addressing, even with Tim Howard at the club given the American's age, and there will have to be a time to consider a long-term replacement.

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