While the majority of Everton’s regular starters have excelled under manager Roberto Martinez, there is one Toffees player who is regarded by many fans as the weak link.
Tim Howard has been an ever-present for Everton in the Premier League this season, but the 36-year-old is not the player he once was and it may be time for Martinez to make a move that could be a long-term solution without being a short-term risk.
The January transfer window opens next month but as managers past and present will testify, making a great signing midway through a campaign is easier said than done. But there is a goalkeeper who could be available to Everton who knows the Premier League and would be a sensible addition in the form of West Bromwich Albion stopper Anders Lindegaard.
The Dane only arrived at The Hawthorns from Manchester United last summer. But once Ben Foster returns from injury – as he is scheduled to do this month – Lindegaard will suddenly find himself third choice and with little chance of making his Baggies debut, let alone getting the regular game-time he no doubt craves.
If Everton took Lindegaard on loan at the turn of the year they would have a 31-year-old who knows the English top flight and is desperate to prove he can make it as a number one.
A temporary deal would also allow Martinez to see if Lindegaard can cut it at Goodison Park while giving him a viable option to replace Howard if he deems that necessary.
So while the rest of Everton’s regular starting line-up looks all but untouchable, what chance a change between the posts?