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Robles heading back to Spain this summer

| Friday, 23 March 2018 27comments  |  Jump to last
Joel Robles has secured a free transfer to Getafe when the season ends, according to reports in Spain.

The Spanish 'keeper, signed from Atletico Madrid by Roberto Martinez five years ago, has waged an unsuccessful campaign to secure the first-choice jersey at Everton ever since he arrived at the club but has been kept out of the side by Jordan Pickford this season.

He is out of contract this summer and Football España and Diario AS claiming that he will make the switch back to his homeland with Getafe.

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Phil Walling
1 Posted 23/03/2018 at 18:59:10
I never thought that he deserved to be reserve to Howard and Stekelenburg but never in same class as Pickford.

We we wish him well!

Lev Vellene
2 Posted 23/03/2018 at 19:21:49
If we hadn't brought in Pickford, I would have fancied Robles over Stekelenburg at any time! He has good reactions on the line, and good reach, but he never convinced going out to catch crosses. Hmm, he sort of reminds me of someone much younger, but with lots more seeming potential...

I wish every bit of good luck to Robles if he leaves in the summer! Having had him on the bench has been reassuring!

Paul Birmingham
3 Posted 23/03/2018 at 20:16:26
Agreed best of luck to Joel, he will want to restart his career. Now Everton need a back-up goalkeeper, as Stekelenburg will not be the same. That Man City away game when he saved two penalties aside, he's not looked comfy in my view.
Rick Pattinson
4 Posted 23/03/2018 at 20:50:35
Best of luck, Joel. Always second fiddle. Deserves to be No 1 somewhere.
Matt Hunter
5 Posted 23/03/2018 at 21:22:36
Not a good goalkeeper, in my opinion.
Alan Rodgers
6 Posted 23/03/2018 at 23:27:02
Always made me nervous when I saw his name on the teamsheet. Nowhere near good enough and was only signed because of Martinez.
Bill Gienapp
7 Posted 24/03/2018 at 00:43:37
He's a perfectly decent backup keeper, though you can hardly blame him for wanting to move on in search of a starting role. If he does leave, like most, I'd prefer to just cut ties with Stekelenburg and bring someone else in.
Alan J Thompson
8 Posted 24/03/2018 at 04:26:15
I always thought there was a decent keeper in there but he seems to suffer from keeper coaching, which seems to put priority on saving with your feet rather than your hands, and positioning in most keepers seems poor.
Derek Knox
9 Posted 24/03/2018 at 07:59:30
I wish El Teflon all the best.

Like many have said, he's okayish as a reserve keeper, but prone to avoidable mistakes.

Jon Withey
10 Posted 24/03/2018 at 09:02:49
Decent enough backup keeper, should have a good career somewhere. Do we have a replacement in the youth ranks?
Eddie Dunn
11 Posted 24/03/2018 at 12:17:42
Alan (#8),

In my humble experience, keeper coaching stresses more on the hands especially when low shots come in, when feet would be better, as they are already on the ground and it is so hard to get down to them with the hands.

Robles was caught out on several occasions at his near post. His spacial awareness and positioning was suspect and, for his height, he surprisingly dithered to collect crosses. The fact that no-one came in for him speaks volumes.

Ajay Gopal
12 Posted 24/03/2018 at 12:56:01
I don't think he would have done worse than Pickford this season (goals conceded), but he would have been slaughtered by the fans for the same statistics. Pickford has got an easy ride so far.

Having said that, I do think he has the better potential long term, and hopefully he will fulfil it at Everton.

Good luck to Robles.

Robert Leigh
13 Posted 24/03/2018 at 13:33:56
I agree with most above, a decent back-up keeper.

When you see some Number 2s come in and keep their shirt (Pope at Burnley, McCarthy at Southampton) we need to make sure we get a decent #2 in and Stekelenburg is #3.

Personally, I like the look of Johnson at Villa (on loan from Man Utd); he'd be #2 at the start but, if Pickford becomes England #1, we'll struggle to keep him.

John Davies
14 Posted 24/03/2018 at 14:12:35
Good luck to the lad. Not quite good enough to nail down the No 1 jersey but he has never complained, rocked the boat or done anything other than his best when between the sticks. I hope he finds success wherever he moves to.
Alan J Thompson
15 Posted 24/03/2018 at 14:58:25
Eddie (#11); I certainly agree with your 2nd para with the exception that nobody came in for him – at least we did, or Martinez twice and whoever it is, he will go to at season's end.

And he is what? – in his 20s still, but that same thing could be said of almost any keeper we've had in at least the last 10 years.

As for the use of feet before hands, that is just my observation of most keepers in most games – not just singling out Robles.

Keith Monaghan
16 Posted 24/03/2018 at 17:39:30
Good luck to him. Thanks to Martinez bringing Tim Howard back in after Joel Robles was looking like a very good keeper in the second half of his 7-ish game run (which ended in the cup knock-out on penalties at West Ham) when Howard was injured; we'll never know how good he could have been for us.

On a separate note, please don't sign Jones (makes stupid challenges resulting in lengthy spells out) and Shaw (mentally weak and dubious off-pitch life-style) from Man Utd – we've had too many Man Utd cast-offs and has-beens (including the one signed from them last summer when we sold them Rom on the cheap) thanks to one gooey-eyed Bill Kenwright.

Eddie Dunn
17 Posted 24/03/2018 at 22:32:11
Alan, there also seems a fashion for not catching these balloons because of their unusual movement through the air. Also a trend towards deflecting shots rather than getting the body behind them. Perhaps we should have a little more patience with our goalies.
Danny Baily
18 Posted 24/03/2018 at 22:42:42
I'm fairly confident we'd have been better off points-wise if he'd been in goal this season. Sad to see him go.
Brian Hennessy
19 Posted 24/03/2018 at 23:25:23
Seriously, Danny?

Pickford has been solid for us this season and probably our best player.

James Stewart
20 Posted 25/03/2018 at 03:07:43
@18 Check your medication.
Phil Sammon
21 Posted 25/03/2018 at 03:45:37
Nonsense, Danny.
Eddie Dunn
22 Posted 25/03/2018 at 08:41:26
Pickford is still learning but shows many strong facets to his game. He is very young, especially in goalkeeping terms. He could go on to get lots of international caps and, if we can progress as a club, he could be the foundation on which a decent team could be built.
Jim Bennings
23 Posted 25/03/2018 at 09:02:47
Pickford has lost a bit of confidence on coming out for crosses, set pieces etc ever since conceding that goal to Van Dijk in the FA Cup derby in January, there was an instance on Friday for England too on a Holland corner he comes for then doesn't and ends up stranded, from which Holland should have scored.
Mike Allen
24 Posted 25/03/2018 at 11:58:49
Should have had more game time. Howard was, to say the least, poor yet Martinez was reluctant to give Robles an extended run. I just didn't see how Howard justified his place over anyone. With what we have had on the books until Pickford, Robles should have been first choice
Mark Dunford
25 Posted 25/03/2018 at 16:06:06
Better than Stekelenburg, certainly gave Howard a run for his money towards the end of his tenure, but nowhere near as good as Pickford, and a few years older. Good attitude, weak on crosses and always looked nervous. Telling that he didn't go last summer.

Pickford could establish himself as a great goalkeeper and – though he has let in goals behind a very creaky defence – he has saved key points in a number of games – from the opener against Stoke onwards. We need a steady experienced deputy. Not Stekelenburg, in my view.

Jim Harrison
26 Posted 26/03/2018 at 01:40:51
Mike (#24),

Howard May have been past it at the end but for most of his time with us he was a solid keeper. He actually kept 116 clean sheets for us and his stats are not too different from David Seaman.

Of keepers who have kept 100 or more clean sheets in the Premier League he comes 7th. Limited, yes, made costly errors, yes. But to say poor is a stretch.

Robles deserved his chance, but 3 successive managers haven't deemed him up to the big job. Good luck to him. Seemed to have a good attitude and had a few decent performances, but his distribution was often poor.

Pickford has been singled out on this as his biggest asset in being selected as England keeper. A great shot stopper who could come for more corners. That sounds like pretty much every keeper in the league! You don't see many make great leaping challenges for crosses any more.

Anthony Hawkins
27 Posted 27/03/2018 at 09:08:11
@ #12 the whole team has a broad pass over them. It's difficult to categorically state a player who is generally performing as poor in his current squad. Like the league, we may be poor but there are teams who are playing even worse than us.

Next season, when the chaff is cleared, we'll be in a better position to see who is or isn't making the grade.

Robles was unfairly treated at Everton when Howard was in the team. We had a bad patch when Howard got injured. Suddenly, with Robles in goal we went on a winning streak. Howard came back and we started losing again. That scenario happened twice and undermined Robles.

I wish him all the best wherever he ends up.

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