Koeman ‘happy’ with goalkeeper options amid Hart rumours

Date published: Friday 21st October 2016 3:08

Ronald Koeman: Has Everton upwardly mobile

Ronald Koeman: Has Everton upwardly mobile

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has praised Maarten Stekelenburg for responding to his critics in the best possible manner.

The Toffees showed their faith in the former Southampton and Fulham stopper by naming him first choice following his arrival this summer, declining to move for England’s Joe Hart when City made him available.

Hart’s loan move to Torino is not expected to become a permanent one, but Koeman offered no indication that his interest would be piqued in January.

“I can’t do anything about speculation,” he said. “We are not doing anything about that at the moment.

“I am happy with (my) two goalkeepers.”

Stekelenburg found himself under the microscope in his native Holland after he let in a long-range effort from France’s Paul Pogba during the international break.

But if there were any concerns over the 34-year-old’s frame of mind upon his return to Merseyside, they were put to one side in emphatic fashion against Manchester City last Saturday.

Everton salvaged a 1-1 draw but would have been soundly beaten had their number one not saved penalties from Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero, before pulling off a pair of brilliant saves in open play from the same City duo.

“He had some criticism in Holland, okay, but he turned around the situation,” Koeman said ahead of the trip to Burnley.

“It’s not normal to save two penalties in the same game. What he showed last weekend was fantastic.

“In football the position of goalkeeper can change very fast. He’s confident and working hard.

“It’s important to have a good goalkeeper winning points for your team.”

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