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Howard told to expect Robles battle

July 14, 2013
By Richard Jolly

Roberto Martinez has warned Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard that he faces a fight for his place this season after the signing of Joel Robles.

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PA PhotosTim Howard has faced little competition for the Everton No. 1 spot in his six years at the club

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Martinez managed Robles at Wigan after taking the 23-year-old goalkeeper on loan from Atletico Madrid and he helped Athletic win the FA Cup.

And they have been reunited at Goodison Park after the Spaniard completed a £650,000 move to Everton.

Howard, 34, has been Everton's first-choice goalkeeper since his arrival from Manchester United in 2006 and has made 310 appearances for the club but his form slipped in the first half of last season.

And Martinez told Everton's official website: "As you know, since Jan Mucha has moved on, Tim Howard was the only goalkeeper at the football club.

"It was important to get another goalkeeper with the quality of Joel on a permanent basis. He has experience in the Premier League and was part of the squad that won the European Under-21 Championships with Spain.

"He is someone who is going to give us great protection and fight with Tim Howard for the goalkeeping position and push him all the way."