Roberto Martinez: 'Joel Robles will push Tim Howard'

Wigan goalkeeper Joel Robles in action against Macclesfield on January 26, 2013
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Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes that new signing Joel Robles will push Tim Howard for the number one goalkeeper position at Goodison Park.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has insisted that it is not a foregone conclusion that Tim Howard will start the season as the first-choice goalkeeper at Goodison Park.

Howard has made over 300 appearances for the Toffees, but Martinez believes that new arrival Joel Robles will "fight" the American for the number one jersey.

The 40-year-old told Evertontv: "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."

Robles has moved to Everton from Atletico Madrid, but he did play 13 matches during a loan spell with Wigan last season.

Wigan goalkeeper Joel Robles in action against Macclesfield on January 26, 2013
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