Everton manager Roberto Martinez has told the Liverpool Echo that he is delighted with the form of Joel Robles has shown this season.
The Spanish goalkeeper put in a wonderful display in the Capital One Cup during midweek, as he helped Everton make it into the quarter-finals of that competition by beating Norwich City on penalties.
However, despite Robles’ eye-catching performances, Martinez says that he will stick with Tim Howard as his first choice between the sticks – ahead of the Toffees’ clash against Sunderland on Sunday.
“I’m delighted with the form of Joel, and delighted to have the experience of Tim Howard when most needed, especially when you have the young players or inexperienced players of the goalkeeper and back four," he said.
“It’s important you have that experience from Tim.”
Everton fans have started to call for Robles to have a prolonged run in the side on the back of Howard’s inconsistent form over the early part of the season.
Howard has made a series of errors during the campaign so far, and he was arguably at fault for both goals that the Merseyside outfit conceded in their most recent outing in the Premier League against Arsenal – which they lost 2-1.
Robles, on the other hand, has impressed whenever given fleeting opportunities in the starting line-up, but it seems that is set to remain sidelined for the time being.
Howard will now be hoping to prove his manager’s faith in him is correct, with Everton having a run of winnable games - on paper, at least - coming up.