Best squad in my time at Everton, insists Tim Howard

The goalkeeper also believes that Everton's defensive chemistry is second to none in the Premier League.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard says this is the best squad the club have had during his time at Goodison Park.

The former Manchester United keeper is in his tenth season with the Toffees, having initially joined on loan from United back in 2006.

In that time, he has seen the side finish in the top ten in all but one of those campaigns - last season's 11th placed standing breaking the run - and has played alongside top players such as Tim Cahill, Mikel Arteta and Marouane Fellaini.

However, he believes the current crop is the best he has been involved with.

“We have such a good squad, such a deep squad,” he told

“This is the best, front to back, we’ve ever been in terms of quality. That makes me happy as a goalkeeper because you know the business will get done in front of you.”

Defensive chemistry second to none 

The American goalkeeper was also full of praise for the current Everton defence, with John Stones and Phil Jagielka forming an impressive central defensive partnership.

That stands in stark contrast to last season’s efforts, in which the Blues conceded a flurry of goals in their opening games, with a 6-3 loss at home to Chelsea highlighting their defensive frailties at the time.

But Howard says that hard work has resulted in a reversal in fortune, with the Toffees now one of the most resolute units in the English top-flight.

“The boys in front of me have been playing fantastically well,” he added.

“What gives us encouragement is we have been patient. I think the chemistry that we have at the back is second to none so we’ll hopefully keep going.”

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