1st Team Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (33), Jan Mucha (29)
Despite the arrival of Jan Mucha in 2010, Tim Howard remains the undisputed number one at Goodison Park. After a good World Cup, it had been thought that the Slovakian international would push the American hard for the starting berth, but the challenge hasn’t really materialised and Howard has been an important part of Everton’s consistent progress under David Moyes.
Howard is a solid Premier League veteran at this stage. His reflexes are top class, his agility is good and his goalscoring record isn’t bad for a goalkeeper either. There’s no doubt that every now and then, he makes a costly error, but as he gets older, the frequency of his mistakes seems to be reducing. As frustrating as he can occasionally be, he earns Everton far more points than he costs them.
Mucha has had to be content with bench-warming for most of his time with the club. He has five run outs in the Artist Formerly Known As The Carling Cup to his name, but when it comes to league action, Moyes has steadfastly stuck with Howard as his first choice.
Should Everton suffer a long term injury to one of their goalkeepers, their lack of depth could be exposed. As they saw with their local rivals last season, out of nowhere, you can suddenly find yourself relying on your back-up keepers and behind Howard and Mucha Everton are looking at academy players. That’s not ideal, but they could count themselves as being very unfortunate if it has a big bearing on their season.