Tim Howard Named Everton Payer of the Month

by | 19/09/2015  36 Comments  [Jump to last]
Tim Howard was named the Everton Optimum Player of the Month for August. The goalkeeper kept clean sheets in two of the Clubs first four Premier League matches during the opening month of the campaign.

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Nick Armitage
1 Posted 20/09/2015 at 00:20:24
Payer of the Month... What for?
Anthony Dwyer
2 Posted 20/09/2015 at 00:21:31
I reckon Stones and Galloway must have run him close. I wanted Howard replacing this season but up to now he looks back to be back to his best.

The same could be said about Martinez too (almost).

Peter Gorman
3 Posted 20/09/2015 at 00:33:18
Howard should do the honourable thing and hand it over to Barkley.
James Stewart
4 Posted 20/09/2015 at 00:42:44
Mike Childs
5 Posted 20/09/2015 at 13:50:35
I agree with you, Peter, but, as one of Tim's biggest critics, I must admit he has been a pleasant surprise this year.
Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 20/09/2015 at 14:18:01
Who picks the player for this award?

Howard, Player of the Month, yeh right!!!!

Graham Mockford
7 Posted 20/09/2015 at 14:38:30
I knew that one would be popular in these parts.

As it was for August, when we played four games and he was excellent against Spurs, made a number of key saves in the Soton game and also was the reason we were not 3-0 down at HT against City it's probably fair enough.

He has made an excellent start to the season and has justified the manager's faith in him.

Dave Abrahams
8 Posted 20/09/2015 at 14:59:02
Graham (7)'thanks for reminding me that the City game was in August, did you see that game? Howard made some good saves, he was also responsible for both of the goals against.
Graham Mockford
9 Posted 20/09/2015 at 15:27:27

As ever, it's all opinions. The first goal you could question any keeper being beat at the near post, but then he was left in a one-on-one situation, he's maybe taking a gamble to intercept a square pass.

The second I definitely don't see as his fault, of course there were some who blamed him for not saving the Matic goal.

I tend to look at it in the round. He has been excellent this season so far, three clean sheets and a lot of very good saves. I've always taken the view: to be first choice keeper in a top 7 Premier League team for over 10 years, you are probably a decent keeper.

Peter Gorman
10 Posted 20/09/2015 at 15:37:23
Well, Howard has been good, it is true... but as influential in August as players like Barkley? Not for me.
Dave Abrahams
11 Posted 20/09/2015 at 21:06:26
Graham (9) decent at best... but not for me, although to be honest he's performing better than last season, but that's not saying much. I agree: it's all about opinions.
Jim Hardin
12 Posted 20/09/2015 at 21:13:02
Dave #6,

People who base the decision on stats and impact on a game over a period of one month, instead of their like or dislike of a player. Interesting to see the vote on the TW poll didn't match the club's view.

BTW, Look at the EPL ratings for the GKs thus far and see where he is or go to the Squawka.com stats and compare him to your GK of choice.

Dave Abrahams
13 Posted 20/09/2015 at 21:29:12
Jim (#12),

We've had this discussion about stats before. No disrespect but I'm not interested in stats. What I will say is you watch Everton on TV, which is understandable as you live in America, so you can only follow the camera.

I watch live, only at Goodison, and I watch him when the ball is at the other end of the pitch. He is ten yards off his line; then, when the ball is back at his end, he is like a cat on a hot tin roof, he's all over the place: forward, back, doesn't know where to go, except when a corner or free kick comes in... then he's rooted to his line. And don't get me started on his distribution...

But I know you'll have answers to all of these remarks, which I won't agree with, but have a go anyway. By the way, I know you love Everton and are a true blue.

Jamie Crowley
14 Posted 20/09/2015 at 22:02:36
Tim has had a fantastic start to the season, bolstered by a very good back four in front of him. And with so many young kids in front of him, isn't that nice to be able to say?

And anyone blaming him for the Matic goal?

I don't think Jesus Christ would have saved that shot.

Brent Stephens
16 Posted 20/09/2015 at 22:22:29
Who picks our Player of the Month? Is there an element of man-management and motivation in this?
Dave Pritchard
17 Posted 20/09/2015 at 22:26:18
Does Player of the Month really matter at all? Much ado about nothing for me.
Anthony Dwyer
18 Posted 21/09/2015 at 01:07:41
Some harsh comments on Tims award and I can understand some of the reasons put across.

That said, Tim was invaluable v Southampton making saves at vital times during the game. He also kept the Champions at bay other than an absolutely unstoppable goal by Matic who I can't help but blame Ross Barkley for. Ross was slow and in all honesty, lazy for that goal, he allowed Matic to control the ball, pick his head up and chose his spot.

Each game can be scrutinised all we like but, after a rough 12 months, it's good to get Howard's confidence up, I think. Barkley was awesome all month also, no denying, but again, Howard possibly needed it more.

Jim Hardin
19 Posted 21/09/2015 at 03:27:52

I watch him for the USA live (not since he took his sabbatical although I expect him to replace Guzan who has been soft). I also watch him on NBC Sports Live Extra on the games which allows a more overhead camera view so I can watch his positioning as well as others since it affords a kind of eye in the sky view).

I will disagree with you that stats don't matter. How else can you actually rate someone objectively? Goalkeepers have different styles but there is no one right way or wrong way. The only way to measure is objective standards.

I could care less about where a keeper stands when the ball is on the other side of the pitch, unless I want my keeper outside the box and up to keep our pressure and formation on the other side of the midfield. Do you really think other goalkeepers retreat directly in a straight line to one spot automatically? They all move as they are gauging the ball location and possible pressure.

As for your "he is anchored to his line," I will say it again, that is the way he plays, get over it. BTW, he was accused of being too far off his line on Matic's strike so not sure how that comports with your analysis.

Sean Haragdon
20 Posted 21/09/2015 at 05:57:39
Jamie #14 - You're right, Jesus wouldn't have saved it either, I hear he's done his hamstring in training, 4-6 weeks they say...

Honestly a bit surprised at Tim Howard getting Player of the Month, although he has been very solid compared to last season there are many others who have been immense since the start of the season:

Galloway – How good can this lad become!! His confidence, pace, stamina, tackling have all been a joy to watch. Leighton beware, hes after your starting place big time!!

Barkley – This is the Barkley we've been waiting for since he first shone as an 18-year-old for OFM. Creative, bullish, running at defences and scaring the absolute shit out of them

Jagielka – The epitome of sheer will and determination and the Everton fighting spirit at the back.

Stones – I can't begin to say how good this kid is. Give him a contract with whatever wages he wants Bobby!! Just get in £70 Million minimum release clause, you know it makes sense.

Barry – Running, tackling and snuffing out attacking moves like he was only 30 years old!! Big big improvement on last season.

Dave Pritchard
21 Posted 21/09/2015 at 07:09:44
Sean, who has done his hamstring in training? Jesus?
Darryl Ritchie
22 Posted 21/09/2015 at 07:25:26
I agree with Dave @ 16. I guess it's Howard's turn. They'll all win it sooner or later. In house awards are kind of like "employee of the month" awards at McDonald's. You get your picture on the wall, but you'll still have to flip burgers every day. It's a photo-op. That's all.

Duncan McDine
23 Posted 21/09/2015 at 07:25:33
Jesus wasn't the best keeper anyway, he got nailed on crosses
Duncan McDine
24 Posted 21/09/2015 at 07:55:51
In fairness his diciples left him exposed on the far post.

Sincere apologies to any Christians...

Erik Dols
25 Posted 21/09/2015 at 08:08:21
Payer of the month? He has to pay the tab for the whole team for a month or what? They're running some sort of fraternity now? Those silly yankee traditions...

Duncan #21 I always thought Jesus would make a great keeper, I was always told "Jesus saves".

John Daley
26 Posted 21/09/2015 at 08:35:43
"Payer of the month?"

If true, a real slap in the face for those who spent all last season telling him he needs to start saving more.

Eric Myles
27 Posted 21/09/2015 at 08:46:29
Erik #23, Jesus saves.......but Cahill nets the rebound.

Anyway I voted for Howard in the TW poll so it's no surprise to me he won it.

Dave Abrahams
28 Posted 21/09/2015 at 08:48:36
Jim (17) nice to hear from you, I never blamed Howard for the Chelsea goal, great shot, no goalkeeper would have got near it, never mind saving it.

As for that's the way Timmy plays, stuck to his line, well he's doing it wrong and has cost Everton many goals.

Jim we'll never agree over Howard: you like him, I don't rate him. 'A good shot-stopper' sums him up. Anyway good luck and good health and let's hope we win something this season.

Brent Stephens
29 Posted 21/09/2015 at 09:04:57
Eric #25 - have to say, it used to sound more authentic when the RS used to say "and St John scores from the rebound".
Ray Roche
30 Posted 21/09/2015 at 10:14:40
Duncan McDine #21


Jamie Crowley
31 Posted 21/09/2015 at 14:30:34
Ducan -

I'm a dye-in-the-wool practicing Catholic (dons that tin hat thing).

Anyone taking offense to your comments lacks a sense of humor.


Duncan McDine
32 Posted 21/09/2015 at 14:34:20
Glad to hear it didnt't offend... I was pathetically pleased with myself I must admit!
Brian Hill
33 Posted 21/09/2015 at 15:35:28
Now make some Muslim jokes and run for the hills.
Chris Williams
34 Posted 21/09/2015 at 15:51:30
There was an old joke did the rounds in the early sixties.

There was a sign outside a church which asked' What would you do if Jesus came to Liverpool?'

Someone wrote underneath 'Move St John to inside left.'


Eugene Ruane
35 Posted 21/09/2015 at 15:55:53
Sorry but as a Christian I do take offence but...forgive you.

My own specific belief is Pentecostal Church Of God and our services involve us lashing ratttlesnakes around above our heads, speaking in tongues ('Marshalling') casting out demons and drinking poison.

- 'And these signs shall follow them that believe. In my name shall they cast out devils. They shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them, they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover innit blood' - Mark 16:17:18

We had a job to find a premises in Liverpool who would allow us to worship our way but (for anyone interested), we now hold services here each day and to be honest, the people in there don't seem to notice us.


Jim Hardin
36 Posted 21/09/2015 at 20:21:58

At least on this I can agree with you. I like Howard but he isn't my favorite GK over here or over there. Mine currently became a rat and joined Chelsea (so I am having a hard time wishing him any good luck).

Here's to a season where the worst we have to discuss is Howard as player of the month over others instead of losses and bottom of the table status. Hoping for a top 6 finish.

Duncan, How could anyone be offended by such clever comments? I will keep reading them and laughing.

Dave Abrahams
37 Posted 22/09/2015 at 00:08:13
Eugene (34) in there tonight 7:00 pm until 8:30pm, never eard religion getting mentioned, some very good singers performing, I've seen a few snakes in there, gave them a wide berth.

If Blobs was a church then I'd be on the path to heaven.

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