Maarten Stekelenburg determined to be number one at Everton

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

The Blues goalkeeper was in impressive form in their opening day draw with Tottenham.

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

Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has told the Mirror that he is determined to be number one regardless of potential arrivals at the club.

The Dutch goalkeeper arrived at Goodison Park this summer as Ronald Koeman’s first signing of the transfer window.

The move saw him reunited with the Everton boss, having played under him at Southampton last season.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman before the matchEverton manager Ronald Koeman before the match

It was expected he would be a back-up option at the club, but he has established himself over pre-season and shone in the opening day draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

However, his place could be under threat with the Mirror reporting that the Blues are eyeing Joe Hart after Pep Guardiola dropped him.

Stekelenburg though, insists that he is determined to be number one regardless of potential arrivals.

“At the moment I’m the number one and I plan to finish the season as number one,” he told the Mirror.

“I don’t know what else is happening but that is not in my hands. The only thing I can do is what I did today [against Tottenham].”

Manchester City's Joe Hart looks dejectedManchester City's Joe Hart looks dejected

It remains to be seen if a new goalkeeper does arrive at Everton before the end of the transfer window.

The position was a problem one last season, with Tim Howard struggling and Joel Robles failing to prove he is a long-term option as number one.

Stekelenburg has come in and impressed though and it will be interesting to see if Koeman is happy to have him as number one for his first season.

Everton manager Ronaldo KoemanEverton manager Ronaldo Koeman

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