Goal USA report that their sources have confirmed to them that the American tore a calf muscle last Friday and will likely be ruled out for all of the January programme.
Joel Robles has been deputising for the 35-year-old since, replacing him at half-time of the defeat to Stoke and then playing against Newcastle yesterday.
The Blues' third-choice goalkeeper is 18-year-old Russell Griffiths who was named on the bench at St James' Park but who has yet to feature at first-team level.
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1 Posted 29/12/2014 at 21:02:27
2 Posted 29/12/2014 at 21:07:31
CanÂt get a game at QPR.
We should put a bid in for him.
A very good keeper
3 Posted 29/12/2014 at 21:05:39
4 Posted 29/12/2014 at 21:03:38
Howard has been woeful this season and pretty arrogant as well. IÂm not going to miss his stupid scissor jumps either.
Robles is sadly not the answer and with the team leaking goals we need a top goalkeeper.
The way we have been playing lately has been fucking disgraceful and its not particularly the style of the play, its the total lack of effort.
Build from the back, spend some money or pay the best wages we can to get Cech on loan
He would be the best keeper at GP since Martyn and he kept us up in 2003/4. Howard isnÂt half the player Nigel was and after his record breaking performance against Belgium has been shocking in goal.
We are crying out for a goalkeeper and a centre back with a bit about them but will it happen...............
5 Posted 29/12/2014 at 21:13:36
6 Posted 29/12/2014 at 21:15:19
7 Posted 29/12/2014 at 21:14:45
Just hope we get a new capable goalie asap. CanÂt take take much more of Howard... and Robles?... well, less said the better.
8 Posted 29/12/2014 at 21:16:33
9 Posted 29/12/2014 at 21:15:04
If thatÂs the best we can hope for we are fucked
We need the best we can get behind the wall of strength of Jag/Dustbin and Barry.
I wouldnÂt trust any of those 3 to improve the 2nd worst defence in the league
If Cech wont come or we cannot afford him then thatÂs another story (and a shambles if its the latter) but to get him for 5 months could turn the season around.
Howard has been a disgrace this season, I can only hope Robles takes this chance.
10 Posted 29/12/2014 at 21:27:26
11 Posted 29/12/2014 at 21:23:19
Knowing Martinez, heÂll have faith in Robles and weÂll be in the Championship by March... Flipping sack him, Bill!!!
12 Posted 29/12/2014 at 21:23:48
Seamus performances have nose dived and if anyone was daft enough to spend 25M on a RB I would do the same.
We need a new spine and someone to create chances for the front men.
Roberto takes about this time being "pivotal". Well going into the 2nd half of a bad season with a shite goalkeeper and a woeful defence will have the opposition knowing all they have to do is turn up and we will give them 2 goals.
At the moment we have to score at least 3 goals to have a chance of winning
A fucking shambles
13 Posted 29/12/2014 at 21:27:23
Make a bid for the domineering dirty but damn effective bastard defending Shawcross.
Sorts out this travelling circus of a defence we have at present,
God I canÂt wait to see us on New Years Day, haha what a shambles this is turning in to eh?
14 Posted 29/12/2014 at 21:34:48
15 Posted 29/12/2014 at 21:35:21
He is a dirty twat but would demand 100% every game
Aside from Besic and the odd time Gibson is fit we havenÂt got one mouthy player
16 Posted 29/12/2014 at 21:25:42
17 Posted 29/12/2014 at 21:44:14
18 Posted 29/12/2014 at 21:42:45
Januzaj would be great but Bill better ask Super Kev if heÂs ok with that first.
19 Posted 29/12/2014 at 21:49:12
Shawcross would provide some needed grit but would not come cheap as StokeÂs captain.
Lindegaard is a decent shout and Marshall as well for GKs. I think Winston Reid looks a very good CB but would we be a step up from West Ham? Not at the moment! We could use some more pace on the wings and Ayew and Deulofeu both seem better options than McGeady or Naismith out wide. Januzaj would do for me but iÂd rather have him permanently than on loan.
We certainly need some more leaders out there as the current lot seem woefully short on spirit. Besic should be in there for a start as he seems one player who really cares and at the least is prepared to throw himself into some blood and guts tackles to get the crowd going.
21 Posted 29/12/2014 at 21:51:54
David Marshall for me. Sign him permanently. Ok we will be stuck with three goalkeepers until the summer, but once Howard if fit he can sit on the bench for a while. Robles can come and sit in the stands with us before he gets sold in the summer!
22 Posted 29/12/2014 at 21:58:04
24 Posted 29/12/2014 at 22:04:38
25 Posted 29/12/2014 at 22:08:11
26 Posted 29/12/2014 at 22:16:28
Robles it is for at least 6 games, and to be honest I don't see what difference he'll make one way or another playing behind our shambolic outfield players.
Our lack of a defensive mindset is what's costing us, not the keeper. And I used to be one.
27 Posted 29/12/2014 at 22:15:58
Some real beauts on here.
28 Posted 29/12/2014 at 22:19:41
I don't know who the answer is but Howard needs to move on.
We need a new CB to compliment Stones as Jags isn't the answer although he is good. Personally I wouldn't do it at the expense of Coleman. If we're to move on up we need to keep hold of our best players and lose the bad wood.
29 Posted 29/12/2014 at 22:25:13
We should've kept Mucha he was decent when he played. If Martinez doesn't get a new goalie, this is getting serious.
30 Posted 29/12/2014 at 22:27:13
I would seriously test out if Stoke can keep Begovic
31 Posted 29/12/2014 at 22:28:57
32 Posted 29/12/2014 at 22:28:52
33 Posted 29/12/2014 at 22:38:05
34 Posted 29/12/2014 at 22:38:47
35 Posted 29/12/2014 at 22:36:09
36 Posted 29/12/2014 at 22:47:35
He does have a boss song though.
37 Posted 29/12/2014 at 22:32:33
The state were in at the moment does call for an experienced head not a lad that's hardly played this season!
We do need to spend in Jan though, another goalie on loan as a stop gap, a real quality midfielder which we need urgently, one that can find a forward pass, and a good in the air central defender.
Whether Martinez will get the cash is any ones guess.
38 Posted 29/12/2014 at 22:52:22
39 Posted 29/12/2014 at 22:53:30
We need to keep our best players, thereÂs plenty of deadwood to get rid of, before we consider going near the likes of Seamus. Sadly, though, I do think he has been tapped, and will be off to United. It will be a Martin Keown moment all over again. Boy, did we regret selling that lad.
40 Posted 29/12/2014 at 22:51:59
41 Posted 29/12/2014 at 22:59:17
42 Posted 29/12/2014 at 23:02:48
43 Posted 29/12/2014 at 23:08:27
44 Posted 29/12/2014 at 23:17:30
If Ruddy doesn't cost too much, he'd be a good acquisition (in January).
45 Posted 29/12/2014 at 23:15:23
He's the worst keeper I have seen at Everton, and I include Mucha and Wessels in that. We will never win another game whilst he is in goal, so we need to get out of there quick.
Maybe try Distin?
46 Posted 29/12/2014 at 23:22:13
47 Posted 29/12/2014 at 23:26:31
48 Posted 29/12/2014 at 23:27:20
49 Posted 29/12/2014 at 23:33:53
50 Posted 29/12/2014 at 23:55:09
51 Posted 29/12/2014 at 23:44:02
53 Posted 30/12/2014 at 00:07:54
54 Posted 30/12/2014 at 00:17:02
McG is the worst player, let alone winger, I have ever seen at the club.
55 Posted 30/12/2014 at 00:33:51
56 Posted 30/12/2014 at 00:29:57
Anyway, he's still only 45 years old... Not much older than some of our senior players. Maybe worth a shout?
57 Posted 30/12/2014 at 01:07:03
58 Posted 30/12/2014 at 01:32:38
59 Posted 30/12/2014 at 02:55:39
You do realise that the squad numbers are not directly indicative of a player's importance to the team?
60 Posted 30/12/2014 at 03:49:30
61 Posted 30/12/2014 at 03:43:47
Mark #56, I recall Niall Quinn going in goal for Man City, and saving the penalty that resulted in the 'keeper's sending off! Get him in, plus he's got experience of being Chairman, and selling the club - all those problems solved in one go!
62 Posted 30/12/2014 at 05:56:07
Faster reactions for one thing.
64 Posted 30/12/2014 at 06:14:42
I am not suggesting Robles will be as good as any of them, and it may well be we have to buy a new keeper, but the club management past and present should have done a bit more to develop a good young keeper. Tim Howard as done a good job down the years, but as never known any serious competition for his place. I think we will just have to get behind Robles, thier will be mistakes, but he will get better. Getting on the lads back will do him and us no favours, after all are current league position as nothing to do with him.
65 Posted 30/12/2014 at 06:31:45
Lingaard (even if it's a loan) or Ruddy (permanently and sell Robles at seasons end). Get Ayew if you can in Jan or sign a pre contract for next year and loan in Janzuj for the time being.
At CB I like: Shawcross (won't be cheap). Reid is decent enough. Caulker is strong and is a decent tackler.
66 Posted 30/12/2014 at 07:18:48
Look at De Gea when he started, he couldn't catch a cold. Now he's maybe the best in the league.
Robles may turn out to be not up to it and the run that he will have now will give us much more evidence to judge him from than his isolated cup games.
67 Posted 30/12/2014 at 07:32:37
Like I said, he looks like he's an outfield player. He uses his feet to save most shots and sometimes he doesn't even dive for shots that fly in his net. The goal against Krasnodar is the single worst piece of goalkeeping I have ever seen from a professional.
Trust me on this one; I know a keeper coach who used to work at the club and he tells me what most of us already know- he's seriously seriously shit. The lad has 3 years left on his deal as well!
68 Posted 30/12/2014 at 08:05:30
Remember quite a few on here being pleased because he had looked a talented keeper in wigans cup win. Personally I wanted Pantillimon from City on a free but Robles had shown some good moments.
He does look ropey as hell but so would a lot of players given so little time.
I suspect he won't recover here and will go on to be a decent Gk elsewhere, much like John Ruddy who many on here wrote off and now want back.
69 Posted 30/12/2014 at 08:36:59
Very fair point re Robles and De Gea analogy.
Not saying he is in the class of De Gea but you are right De Gea struggled badly with crosses initially.
As you say they have worked with him for years so know his potential.
I would still look to bring in a new keeper,I see this possibly being Howard’s last season
70 Posted 30/12/2014 at 09:07:58
71 Posted 30/12/2014 at 09:07:04
72 Posted 30/12/2014 at 09:16:23
73 Posted 30/12/2014 at 09:19:04
Hopefully blue Bill can find the funds to throw that one together. I highly doubt it however, anyone know what Carlo Nash is up too these days?
74 Posted 30/12/2014 at 09:28:51
He must send a team out against Hull that has a "we won't be beaten today" attitude. That would be a start.
Ken, I have to question one part of your report. For our first goal I thought it was Eto'o who got clear of two markers and switched the play to McGeady who put Coleman through with a perfectly waited and directed pass. It was a beautiful goal.
I thought it only fair to mention this as McGeady has been clobbered for giving the ball away for their second goal and rightly so. And like Harold I am an Eto'o fan Â– play him as a striker consistently and he will score goals.
Up the Blues
75 Posted 30/12/2014 at 09:58:18
Anyway, with Howard out injured, this is our chance to sign a keeper to really push him for the goalkeeper position.
76 Posted 30/12/2014 at 10:09:24
Let us all get behind Robles rather than write him off.
77 Posted 30/12/2014 at 10:20:33
78 Posted 30/12/2014 at 10:20:58
79 Posted 30/12/2014 at 10:30:16
All this stuff about buying a new keeper? What planet are you all on? I don't mean to sound disrespectful, but you're living in fantasy-land if you think that Everton will buy a new keeper to cover the keeper that we have as cover for our keeper!
Why else do you think Martinez bought Robles? He's our number 2 keeper, now our number 1 keeper for a month or so, with Stanek as number 2. This is what will happen.
We won't buy Cech, or anyone else that you all think we should. This is reality, not your Playstation.
80 Posted 30/12/2014 at 10:39:48
Spot on, if you ask me... I hope that BK & RM take note.
81 Posted 30/12/2014 at 10:07:43
RM remains positive and unbowed refusing to mix it up anymore or making key decisive sub decisions during a game. Long ball pass stats from last season to this are halved and replaced with retaining possession around the 18-yard box with no out option, thus inviting pressure and costly mistakes.
RM must realise support is waning and the need to do something different is obvious to everyone bar him. I like RM and really want him to succeed but historically, the best managers succeed and keep their jobs because they have the tactical nouse (and extra cash of course) to know when to play a certain way and are flexible enough (not stubborn) to adapt. See Mourinho, Ferguson et al. The last managers I can think of at Everton who could get teams to play with passion either freely or digging in where Royle & Kendall, and Moyes on a few occasions.
The media and pressures are of course a lot more intense nowadays so time becomes limited. Please RM take heed of some of the more constructive comments as they represent the majority and we fear you will be out of a job if you continue not to compromise your footballing beliefs for wins. (See Wigan.)
Oh Yeah, final notes, Barkley needs to be played in his correct position and why does the club appear to be imploding with key staff leaving on a regular basis, Stubbs, Irvine, 2 key Medical staff, Communications Manager. Continued musings of RM losing the dressing room. (See Coleman's recent performances Â– Not in the know but looks like a player who's been told hes leaving.) Hope this is not the RM affect behind the scenes too.
First time poster so sorry for the long-winded rant.
82 Posted 30/12/2014 at 10:38:34
Good point but I think you might be missing the point of some of the threads.
From what most of us have seen Robles is awful. He deserves a chance but he's getting thrown into a defence that already leaks goals, every game. The cross that lead to the Cisse goal might be a good example - Robles should have been punching that ball at least to get it out of the box!
83 Posted 30/12/2014 at 10:23:32
Oh, and the rest of the team have been shite too...the Chelsea game still annoys me thinking how poor he's been, he didn't make any glaring mistakes but he didn't actually save anything. Not one of their goals was a great finish or a worldy goal, he just didn't stop any shots. He was rubbish in the World Cup too, he still seems to be living off one game where all he did was his job, it was poor finishing and not great goalkeeping. The other games in the group we're not so good for him. Get back to basics Tim, stop the shots please.
Robles is not the answer. Nowhere near, I too have not seen as poor a keeper as him in many a year. Yes, he's only had a few games but by god he looks awful.
84 Posted 30/12/2014 at 11:03:36
85 Posted 30/12/2014 at 10:48:29
It's either that or promote Griffiths & what's his name to first team. Because he absolutely couldn't say anything positive about Tim Howard getting injured or say once nice thing about Robles.
86 Posted 30/12/2014 at 11:07:42
87 Posted 30/12/2014 at 11:23:46
That says a lot to me about the approach of the goalie coach and manager and the player himself. If it was me I'd be flying around saving shots and practicing the art of goalkeeping and showing the manager and fans what I can do, not fucking about.
That, his lack of basic goalkeeping technique and authority, and lack of any urgency in games he's played so far, is why I don't see him being up to it, but I would be amazed if anyone else was brought in during the window.
88 Posted 30/12/2014 at 11:29:16
89 Posted 30/12/2014 at 11:29:21
We do need a new keeper, but won't get one. For us to buy a new keeper would require Martinez to admit that Robles isn't good enough. He won't do that. He doesn't make mistakes and his players are phenomenal. It must be other variables out of his control that make them look so shite.
90 Posted 30/12/2014 at 11:39:36
He can't rate poor Joel at all, he can normally see the positive in every adverse situation.
91 Posted 30/12/2014 at 11:53:41
92 Posted 30/12/2014 at 11:51:24
Robles is going to play in goal for six weeks now, so let's get behind him and give the lad a chance. One thing's for sure Â– with our defense he will get plenty of opportunity to practice his shot-stopping ability!!
93 Posted 30/12/2014 at 12:09:27
94 Posted 30/12/2014 at 12:10:16
He concluded by saying it had been 'exciting to be stretched by so many competitions' and his job was to ensure 'that we get back to enjoying the games again.'
95 Posted 30/12/2014 at 12:19:16
96 Posted 30/12/2014 at 12:25:08
97 Posted 30/12/2014 at 12:33:33
98 Posted 30/12/2014 at 12:47:15
99 Posted 30/12/2014 at 12:36:48
Time for a new keeper and centre half to stop the rot.
100 Posted 30/12/2014 at 13:17:39
I don't rate Howard or Robles if I'm honest but I'm looking forward to seeing how Robles does over the next few weeks, this is his big chance, hopefully he'll take it.
101 Posted 30/12/2014 at 13:14:08
102 Posted 30/12/2014 at 13:24:50
103 Posted 30/12/2014 at 13:13:39
He doesn’t appear to be short on confidence from what I’ve seen in interviews which also would help him if called upon at such a young age and particularly for that position.
104 Posted 30/12/2014 at 13:42:14
105 Posted 30/12/2014 at 13:41:55
Robles will either be an improvement on Howard or just the same. We need to spend on two full backs who can help the goalie out. We have other areas to spend on, plus we need to save for our new ground!
106 Posted 30/12/2014 at 13:29:01
I assume Everton will go cheap and bring in someone who isn't suited to the slow from the back system Martinez wants to play. It will keep with the managers incredible ability to either play players out of position or ask players to do things they aren't comfortable with.
107 Posted 30/12/2014 at 14:14:41
108 Posted 30/12/2014 at 14:18:25
109 Posted 30/12/2014 at 14:18:27
110 Posted 30/12/2014 at 14:26:56
David Marshall, John Ruddy or Ben Foster have all been muted.
Alex McCarthy is more likely at this point and is a quality keeper.
Cech on loan for 6 months, I'm sure Chelsea would let him come to us.
Marshall would be my long-term choice but more likely wouldn't be available until the summer.
Like others I wouldn't be against selling Coleman, if it meant being able to strengthen the squad overall - keeper, no nonsense CB & pacy wingers being top of the list.
We need some tough leaders in the team. CB for one and Besic needs to come in for Barry (but won't).
Kone has to start against Hull.
111 Posted 30/12/2014 at 14:13:09
I've watched Joel's prematch routine and half time workout's too and I'm equally unimpressed and pretty bewildered by the "Hoofball" antics.
In fairness, he's NOT the only keeper going through this weird scenario, because most weeks it seems that visiting keepers and coaches seem to do similar.
That doesn't alter my opinion of Joel, 'cos based upon the games when he has played, I have no confidence in him at all.
I'd secure John Ruddy without delay.
But the very idea of Shawcross as our CH? NO!
112 Posted 30/12/2014 at 14:45:55
113 Posted 30/12/2014 at 14:58:06
Bring your boots for 2pm.
٣ subs please.
114 Posted 30/12/2014 at 14:54:41
See you've not spoilt both your records of never having a good wood to say about anything Everton!
If you have, I must have been out of the country.
Which of the 3 goals was Robles fault at Newcastle?
115 Posted 30/12/2014 at 15:09:38
116 Posted 30/12/2014 at 15:02:17
Can somebody from the club evaluate the stewards and turnstile operators before the club implodes.
117 Posted 30/12/2014 at 15:15:39
118 Posted 30/12/2014 at 15:17:00
Personally, I would rather we got relegated than stooped to the low levels of Shawcross and Pulis. They really are the dregs. Cheating and thuggery have never been our way.
I would rather we lost as Everton (retaining our core values) than win as Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool, inter alia.
119 Posted 30/12/2014 at 15:12:10
Buckle up lads and take your nitroglycerin pills - going to be a roller coaster ride!
120 Posted 30/12/2014 at 15:18:31
I thought Colback scored the 3rd goal which went though his legs, which not uncommon.
He was wrong footed for the Perez goal and I couldn't blame him for that.
For me he wasn't at fault for any of goals, other players in our team were, Barkley most certainly.
121 Posted 30/12/2014 at 15:40:07
122 Posted 30/12/2014 at 15:48:32
I'm not trying to make out he's a super goalkeeper, but he's nowhere near as bad as you paint him!
123 Posted 30/12/2014 at 16:00:04
That’s why they cost more than their weight in gold.
124 Posted 30/12/2014 at 16:03:26
It was nothing short of pathetic. Howard has looked bad at times but at least he makes an effort to stop shots. Being "wrongfooted" is a far too generous excuse for being caught totally flat-footed and immobile, and making no effort whatsoever to move his massive frame!
125 Posted 30/12/2014 at 16:03:50
Never underestimate the worth of a good keeper. Big Nev won us plenty of points and remember what happened when he was injured and Mimms came in. I think we'd have won the league under Lee with a good keeper.
If it was my summer transfer budget, I'd have bought a top keeper and centre back rather than chuck it at Lukaku and said so at the time.
126 Posted 30/12/2014 at 16:11:49
Robles would not be my selection for keeper but in my opinion he had no chance of saving the second goal.
He will be our keeper for the next few weeks at least.
Let’s get behind him
127 Posted 30/12/2014 at 15:56:30
Cech is a pipe dream. He's on wages of 140,000 a week, which is twice as much as the top paid Everton players, plus Chelsea want to win silverware this season and it would look really stupid if something happened to Courtois and Cech wasn't available for Chelsea.
Everton should have been scouting goalies. I figure a goalie coming from a lesser league in Europe would cost a lot less than someone already in the Premier League. My guess is a goalie will be brought in and the goalie won't be a household name.
128 Posted 30/12/2014 at 17:36:46
129 Posted 30/12/2014 at 17:54:51
130 Posted 30/12/2014 at 18:17:19
I suspect however that having stuck his neck out to buy him RM will have to play him and in a funny way it may be the making of the lad and restore some peoples confidence in RMÂs judgment if it comes good. I really hope so. Or maybe I should go easy on the wine gums and sherry......
131 Posted 30/12/2014 at 18:51:32
132 Posted 30/12/2014 at 19:06:40
Robinson is a bit old, I know, but I don't worry too much about age when we buy keepers. We bought Nigel Martyn when he was much older than Robinson, and he served us well for a number of years after he signed.
133 Posted 30/12/2014 at 19:57:37
134 Posted 30/12/2014 at 20:22:57
136 Posted 30/12/2014 at 23:00:42
137 Posted 30/12/2014 at 22:57:48
It's alright talking about being better, it's what everyone should strive to be. But I hope there was certain things lost in translation, because even if it might make sense, we are not living in an ideal world, are we?
Back to basics, "whatever that may mean", or a refusal to change. Total opposites, but which one will it be?
138 Posted 31/12/2014 at 09:59:00
For christ sake please bring a goalkeeper in and fast, I really do not think my ticker will stand up to 6 weeks of Robles in goal.
139 Posted 31/12/2014 at 13:01:34
140 Posted 01/01/2015 at 02:17:40
A younger more athletic keeper is required. Howard is a stopper and has slowed down considerably. Maybe a long rest will do him good... 6-8 weeks especially as he has this World Cup hangover and has been poor this season or very inconsistent.
This window is an opportunity to start off-loading some of the deadwood. Moyes wants Pienaar so there is a start. I just read we are looking at Tim Cahill on loan. He is 35... I’m not sure that’s a great idea. Bring him back as an inspirational coach or something to instil some fight and self belief?
We should beat Hull 2-0 by playing on the break. I reckon Hull will settle for a point and set up to hit on the break. Let’s park the bus and see how they like it?
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