Football - Howard does not fear competition

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard does not fear the competition new signing Joel Robles will bring this season.

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The United States international has been the Toffees' established number one since arriving from Manchester United, initially on loan, in 2006.

His last deputy Jan Mucha, provided little in the way of a challenge to Howard, making just two appearances in three years before his years before his contract expired this summer.

However, Robles, who worked with new Everton manager Roberto Martinez while on loan at Wigan last season, has arrived on a five-year deal with a view to the 23-year-old being Howard's long-term successor.

"In order to go on and achieve great things as a club, you need to have quality in numbers," the 34-year-old American told evertontv.

"I think that's part and parcel of football nowadays.

"I don't think anyone's fearful of competition, I don't think there are any issues. You just get on with your job.

"I think if you have anything about you, you know your best is good enough.

"You put forward the effort and I don't think that has ever been a problem here."

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