Garth Crooks raves about Maarten Stekelenburg's performance, claims he's back to his best

Everton's Maarten Stekelenburg saves a shot from Tottenham's Vincent Janssen

Everton's Maarten Stekelenburg impressed on Saturday afternoon.

Everton's Maarten Stekelenburg saves a shot from Tottenham's Vincent JanssenEverton's Maarten Stekelenburg saves a shot from Tottenham's Vincent Janssen

Pundit Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that he feels Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is back to his best after a superb display against Tottenham.

Everton kicked off their new era under Koeman with a home game against Spurs on Saturday afternoon, and it all started so well as Ross Barkley's early free kick evaded everybody and nestled in the corner of the net.

Everton's Maarten StekelenburgEverton's Maarten Stekelenburg

After a dominant first half, Everton were pegged back after half time as Spurs took over, with Erik Lamela heading home an equaliser to draw Tottenham level – and they could have won it after Vincent Janssen had a close range strike saved, and Lamela's drive was tipped onto the crossbar.

Everton escaped with a point in the end though, and they had goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to thank after his saves from Janssen and Lamela.

The Dutchman, who turns 34 next month, was an unheralded signing earlier this summer, as manager Ronald Koeman swooped to reunite with a player he worked with at Ajax and Southampton.

Everton's Maarten Stekelenburg gathers the ball as Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks onEverton's Maarten Stekelenburg gathers the ball as Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks on

After Everton allowed Tim Howard to move back to the United States with MLS side Colorado Rapids, Koeman clearly felt that he needed another experienced goalkeeper in his place – and Stekelenburg was snapped up from Fulham with little hype or furore around his signature after a nomadic couple of years.

Now though, Stekelenburg is earning praise for his performance against Tottenham – and pundit Garth Crooks has joined in the plaudits.

Crooks has told BBC Sport that he thinks Stekelenburg is a 'class act', and showed that he is back to his best with an impressive display against Spurs, suggesting he was on the only reason why Everton claimed a point.

Everton's Maarten StekelenburgEverton's Maarten Stekelenburg

"The Dutchman, who spent last season on loan at Southampton, is a class act and finds himself back in the Premier League after leaving Fulham, where he had a difficult spell," said Crooks. "Stekelenburg looks back to his best after a superb performance against a rejuvenated Tottenham, who seem to have recovered from a shameful display against relegated Newcastle in the last game of the previous season."

"The 33-year-old looked more than capable of taking over the gloves from Tim Howard and produced great saves from Vincent Janssen and Erik Lamela - the only reason Everton left Goodison with a point," he added.

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