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Howard is happy where he is

19/02/2015  Comments (36)  jump

Tim Howard has dismissed the recent speculation linking him with a return to America to play in the MLS.

The 35 year-old admitted to satellite talk show SiriusXM FC that he is aware of rumours that popped up a couple of weeks ago suggesting he could be leaving Everton just months after signing a new contract that would keep him with the Blues until 2018, he but insists the suggestion did not come from his camp.

There seems to be a lot being said about my return [to the States] Howard said when asked if he could come back to his home country as soon as this summer.

Two weeks ago some things popped up on Twitter and I had to call my agent to find out what was going on because I didn't know anything about it and neither did he.

I've still got three years left with Everton and at the end of that I want to be done playing.

What happens between then? I've got no idea. It is a business but I'm happy where I am and don't know anything about those rumors, I have to be honest.

Howard appeared to have closed the door on ever playing in the MLS again when he put pen to paper on his latest Everton deal but his recent injury, which sidelined him for five weeks, prompted Roberto Martinez to begin the search for the American's long-term replacement.

The form of Joel Robles as his deputy in the interim also led people to wonder whether Howard would be easily able to reclaim his starting berth in the Blues' team but Martinez reinstated him at the first opportunity against Chelsea last week.

"I'm not feeling any ill effects from the injury," Howard said. "It was good to get back into the frying pan and it doesn't get any harder than Chelsea away. It was a good game for us; I thought we played well."  

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Sam Hoare
1 Posted 19/02/2015 at 02:09:46
He will go to the MLS. Maybe this Summer. Maybe next. It makes too much sense not to happen.

Been a very solid player for us but if I'm honest then this Summer would suit me more than next.

Gavin Johnson
2 Posted 19/02/2015 at 02:08:18
What a shame! He obviously doesn't realise he's not wanted.
Darryl Ritchie
3 Posted 19/02/2015 at 02:33:09
Tim can stay on, but as Joel's backup. He could remain a valuable asset, much like Freidel and Loris at Spurs. Whether or not he's got enough blue blood in him to tolerate such a thing, remains to be seen.

It's all speculation anyway. RM is not going to sit him while he's still breathing.

John Zapa
4 Posted 19/02/2015 at 04:47:04
Why would he leave when he is on a long term lucrative contract, playing at a club where he is guaranteed to start regardless of form?
Michael Penley
5 Posted 19/02/2015 at 04:46:03
This is possibly the worst piece of Everton news of the season. Can we introduce a no-beard policy for the team to get him moving on?
David Barks
6 Posted 19/02/2015 at 05:56:08
It's just so comical. The same people who say get lost to Howard would scream at Lukaku or Mirallas for showing a lack of loyalty. It just shows how the loyalty thing really only goes one way. Once a player seems to have dipped in form or is getting on in years, sell him. Player wants to leave, DISLOYAL MEECENARY!!
Keith Harrison
7 Posted 19/02/2015 at 07:46:09
I admire his loyalty, but heÂ’s not the answer going forward. I think Joel was growing into the shirt, and his distribution at least has us moving quickly. We should cash in on him if he doesnÂ’t want to be a № 2, and let him be an ambassador for Everton in the states to increase support – and shirt sales. Probably too commercial for our lot.
Colin Glassar
8 Posted 19/02/2015 at 07:57:22
DonÂ’t do us any favours Tim. YouÂ’ve been a great, and loyal, servant but itÂ’s time to move on, buddy.
Michael Penley
9 Posted 19/02/2015 at 09:03:39
Loyalty? In what way? He basically says it's a business decision. "I'm happy here". It's not about the club, it's about him. If he said "I'm staying put because the club needs me and have supported me for years and I want to pay back the fans" then that would count as loyalty. I can't think of too many players who have said that.

There is no loyalty in the modern game. That's not to say I think there is disloyalty either. The club benefits from selling a player, and every player knows this..

James Stewart
10 Posted 19/02/2015 at 08:58:20
Never rated him. I think we would really benefit from a new keeper. And I don't mean Joel either.
Phil Walling
11 Posted 19/02/2015 at 09:12:23
Well, that's one player who is happy to play under Martinez. Or is it the certainty of another ٢-5 Million in wages without having to move house?

Generally capable keeper. Nothing more.

Teddy Bertin
13 Posted 19/02/2015 at 11:09:54
Spot on, David Barks. Lukaku should leave because he's disloyal for stating an ambition to play regularly in the Champions League and Howard should sod off because he's not one of the best goalies in the Premier League despite continually stating how much he loves the club and having put in some quality performances for us over the years. No not the most consistent performer but we can't expect players to show unflinching loyalty to a club when the fans show no loyalty to the players.

One minute a player is irreplaceable and next they they should be cashed in on while their stock is high. Classless.

Clive Mitchell
14 Posted 19/02/2015 at 11:53:28
I'm hoping – I think it's possible – that EFC and Tim are carefully managing this situation to the advantage of both. Tim deserves to be feted and the MLS seems perfect for him now; we've all seen this season that it's time for him to leave the Premier League – before he does so by taking us with him.
Nick Entwistle
15 Posted 19/02/2015 at 11:53:11
Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd, Spurs have Keepers you can definitely say are better. Can't say that about any other club. He's on par with the best of the rest.

Southall and Martyn were of an incredible standard and it's spoiled us.

Dave Lynch
16 Posted 19/02/2015 at 12:02:10
Football is transient, it evolves and players get older, the older they get the less effective they generaly become.

Hanging onto players because they have served us well and "Love" the club is what has held us back for a long time.

If you have young players capable of doing the same job, they should be played and not have a team relying on an "Old Guard" because they where once good players but less effective due to age and injuries.

We need to clear out some deadwood but I don't think Howard is at that stage yet.

Clive Mitchell
17 Posted 19/02/2015 at 12:08:40
Nick – I'd add Southampton, West Ham, Stoke, WBA, Sunderland and Newcastle to your list.
Mike Childs
18 Posted 19/02/2015 at 12:26:14
Hopefully it's a smokescreen designed to drive up his price.
Colin Grierson
19 Posted 19/02/2015 at 12:51:39
Maybe he could act as a translator for Slippy G.
Dan Hollingworth
20 Posted 19/02/2015 at 12:54:34
LS signed a new deal for the RS November 2013. Players say a lot nowadays, it really means nothing. I don't rate him at all. Can't wait for the day he is replaced.
Denis Richardson
21 Posted 19/02/2015 at 14:08:10
I'm not surprised he's 'happy where he is', he's got a lucrative contract paying him millions until he's 39 years old!!

I just hope a MLS team takes him in the summer so Robles can be given a proper crack to develop and we can bring in a decent but much cheaper № 2.

Howard has been a good servant but his current contract is ridiculous – famous hardball negotiating skills from the Everton management team again!

Dave Abrahams
22 Posted 19/02/2015 at 14:53:11
What are the wages like in the MLS league, I imagine that would have some bearing whether he stays or goes, and what sort of wages is he on at Everton.
Jim Harrison
23 Posted 19/02/2015 at 15:00:55
Solid keeper, has been good value, but this season should probably be his last as a guaranteed starter. Not sure if Rouble is the best option as havent seen enough of him in action. I would like to see Lindegaard from utd, should be cheap and always looked good when he played
Denis Richardson
24 Posted 19/02/2015 at 15:25:21
Dave. He's rumored to be on around 40k a week.
Jim Hardin
25 Posted 19/02/2015 at 15:57:00
Nick 15,

This season I agree tha the is behind the keepers mentioned. Last season per the stats at, he was better than Lloris, Dea Gea and Cech. Howard over his career, look at the stats, play9ng behind much worse defenses, has consistenly been in the top 8 goalies in the league.

For the rest of you, Robles is not now and is not likely to be the answer. He is limited in physical skills and reaction speeds which are not going to get better as he gets older and injuries start to occur. He is 6'5" ish and has long arms but is a liability because he does not now and has never caught balls ( he is a puncher), can't gett to the ground quickly, especially weak to his low left, can't get off a line quickly, and is too slow to come out and challenge quicker strikers- See his actions vs Crystal Palace and Liverpool.
Howard isn't the long term future due to his age but for you people who don't rate Howard and claim to never have trated him where were your criticisms when Everton was winning especially the last two seasons before this one?

Denis Richardson
26 Posted 19/02/2015 at 16:19:50
Think you're being a bit harsh on Robles Jim. Since getting a run in the side he's played decently enough.

Can analysis the games but fact is he's kept three clean sheets in a row last three games he played. He was also rated higher than de gea not that long ago.

Think he deserves a run so as to judge whether he's got it in him or not before writing him off.

Mike Childs
27 Posted 19/02/2015 at 16:16:34
Jim Hardin – pretty tough assessment of Robles. I'll agree to disagree with you. One thing he has over Howard is heart. After two deflections of the last minute shot by Chelsea, he couldn't even be bothered to make an attempt to stop that goal. The sting and speed of the ball was gone & there was a chance for a stop granted maybe a 10% chance.

Nope, he plays like a man more interested in selling his book and legacy ahead of the club. No thanks for me.

Colin Williams
28 Posted 20/02/2015 at 02:45:09
Jim (#25) absolute rubbish! "I always said he was shite and heÂ’s getting worse"! Top 8 in league "... More like bottom 3 in league, the guyÂ’s piss-poor!

I have never heard so much crap as your second paragraph! You need to sign up for a goalkeeping coaching course and learn their trade – maybe also get involved into scouting and player assessments! Your comments are way off the mark!

Nicholas Ryan
30 Posted 20/02/2015 at 12:38:03
While I accept that Tim Howard is not perfect, he has played 361 Premier League matches, in the most exposed, media-focussed position on the pitch.

If he was as bad as some people say, then surely it wouldn't have taken people like Ferguson, Moyes & Martinez, 361 games to find that out!

Could it be, that they know a bit more about goalkeeping than we do?

Andrew Ellams
31 Posted 20/02/2015 at 12:58:24
Nicholas, it didn't take Ferguson 361 games. He dropped Howard quickly enough and then got shut after 45 appearances in 4 years.
Derek Thomas
32 Posted 20/02/2015 at 13:03:09
Of course he is, he's laughing all the way to the bank.
Andrew Laird
33 Posted 20/02/2015 at 17:19:42
Jim Hardin, you are obviously not a goalkeeping coach. Howard consistently brainfarts and is seemingly unable to save a shot from outside the area (still makes me reach for the vino when thinking about Stevie me and his crap free kick).

Last night's goal was comical, no side-stepping to get himself in position to dive, just a desperation dive to make it look like he tried. I agree with Nick that we have been spoiled with Southall and Martyn although to suggest he is on a par with Tim Krul, Fraser Forster, Adrian or Begovic defies logic.

Howard still concedes too many goals from outside the area and makes a meal of the basics. I was happy where he was 3 weeks ago as Robles was beginning to look the part and obviously needed games. After all the clean sheets, it is now 2 conceded in 2...

Harold Matthews
34 Posted 20/02/2015 at 17:48:23
Robles caught rather than punched in his recent successful spell.
Andrew Laird
35 Posted 22/02/2015 at 16:54:19
Make that 4 conceded in 3.
Tom R Owen
36 Posted 22/02/2015 at 18:14:54
Howard you may be happy but I for one wish you would fuck off
Matthew Mackey
37 Posted 23/02/2015 at 17:13:11
Every dog has its day and this one has had a week! Move on Tim, it's time to go ol fella. Thanks for the memories but please, move on.
Matthew Mackey
38 Posted 23/02/2015 at 17:14:48
Robles should start this Thursday evening at home to YBs and if he puts in a good performance then keep him in from now on.

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