Everton are going into this season still searching for their first piece of silverware since 1995.
If Howard does become part of a side that brings a trophy back to Goodison Park, it will be the first since 1995, and they will feel they have an opportunity to start a cup run when they kick off their campaign in the League Cup against Barnsley at Oakwell.
The American is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “It’s hard and only one team can win every year. I’m sure a lot of teams can have this conversation. It seems like it’s beating a dead horse, we try our best.
“We got to a cup final a few years ago and fell just short but until we win one the question will continue to be asked.”
Howard, of course, references the FA Cup run of 2009 where they made it to the final only to lose out to Chelsea after taking an early lead but they managed to knock out Liverpool and Manchester United en route to the final.
The other near miss will have come a year earlier in the League Cup when they were knocked out by Chelsea at the semi-final stage of the competition. After such a long wait without silverware, there is an incredible desire to put something in the cabinet for the Toffees this season.
The desire for some success among Everton fans is getting stronger and stronger, especially after a disappointing showing in the league last season following on from a positive season which saw a record points total in the Premier League era, and there seems to increasing frustration that very few big signings seem to be made by the club recently in order to compete at the top end of the game.
Some tangible success is needed at Everton and they must take the League Cup seriously, as it does present a real opportunity for a first trophy in 21 years.