LONDON — Tim Howard has no doubts. He’s Everton’s No. 1 goalkeeper, and he doesn’t feel threatened by the arrival of Joel Robles.
Robles was one of new manager Roberto Martinez’s first signings at Goodison Park, with the pair reunited after winning the FA Cup with Wigan in May.
Howard, though, has three years remaining on his Everton contract and expressed confidence that his starting spot won’t be taken by Robles. The 23-year-old Spaniard joined the club from Atletico Madrid after spending part of last season on loan at Wigan.
“I don’t think that’s ever been in question. ... I have never asked for assurances (about my status),” Howard said Thursday during a conference call launching NBC’s Premier League coverage in the United States.
“I know where I stand. I think my performances over the last 450 games have merited my place where I am right now. Unless I have been asleep for a few months and forgotten something I think all is pretty well in my camp.”
The 34-year-old U.S. international described preseason training as “intense” under Martinez, with fatigue setting in during exhibition games.
That, though, is to be expected and the team is now focused on the Aug. 17 league opener at Norwich — Martinez’s first competitive game since filling the void left by David Moyes going to Manchester United.