Everton must drop Tim Howard for Joel Robles this week

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Roberto Martinez surely has a decision to make this week.

Everton scraped a 2-2 draw against Leicester City at the weekend and there were many things to learn from the performance and result.

The most important revelation has to involve goalkeeper Tim Howard. The American had a great World Cup in Brazil and is a nine year veteran at the club.

However his form has dwindled this season for The Toffees. He was poor versus The Foxes at the weekend. He fumbled the cross for the first goal and fluffed his lines for the second.

But it has not just been this weekend he has been off. Against Chelsea his weak punch allowed Willian to score the winner. Against Young Boys in the Europa League he was to far of his line for the Guillaume Hoarau strike. In general his performances this season have been below par.

So what should Roberto Martinez do?

He has to drop Howard. His ineptitude has so far gone unpunished and in Joel Robles he has a keeper who kept three clean sheets in his last three games before Howard returned from a recent injury.

With the Europa League second leg against Young Boys this Thursday effectively a dead rubber after a 4-1 triumph in Bern, he has the perfect opportunity to bring in Robles with zero pressure.

Dropping Howard does not mean the end of his long association with Everton. Liverpool dropped Simon Mignolet earlier this term and he is now in great form. Manchester City did it last season with Joe Hart and it worked.

Howard though needs to know that continued poor performances will not go without punishment and a little time on the bench will do him and Everton the world of good.

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