Roberto Martinez comments on Everton's goalkeeping situation

Joel Robles is pushing Tim Howard for the number one spot at the club, according to Martinez.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said, in the Liverpool Echo, that Joel Robles is pushing Tim Howard hard for the goalkeeper's position in the side, and could feature in Tuesday's League Cup tie against Reading. 

Robles has featured just once this season, in the extra time win against Barnsley in the second round of the competition, and despite putting in a string of solid performances in Howard's absence last season, he has been unable to nail down a starting berth in the side. 

But Martinez has told the Liverpool Echo that he is pleased with Robles's efforts so far, and may be willing to give him another opportunity. 

He said: “I think Joel has been reliable and has always been pushing Tim to the limit.

“We will always remember the three consecutive clean sheets he kept last season in the Premier League and that shows you he is developing and is ready.

“So it is very important for us to have two goalkeepers of the size of Tim and Joel and those levels are helping us to keep pushing.

“I expect those levels to carry on for the rest of the season.”

It's unsurprising that Martinez is sticking with Howard, as he is the more experienced goalkeeper of the two at a higher level, and the Spaniard seems to have rarely been let down by the American in his opinion - though some will have found it a little harsh last season when Robles eventually lost his place in the side.

The Everton boss will want to take the competition seriously and selecting another goalkeeper may send out a contradictory message, but he will want Robles to get some kind of game time under his belt. They should beat Championship hopefuls Reading, so it may be the ideal time to mix things up. 

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