Everton legend Kendall: Howard best we've had since Southall

Everton legend Howard Kendall has hailed the form this season of Tim Howard.

Kendall wrote in the Liverpool Echo: "It’s not just the new manager who has shaken things up and inspired his players, it’s his coaching staff too; in this case the new goalkeeping coach Inaki Bergara.

"No disrespect or criticism intended whatsoever to Chris Woods, the previous keeping coach, but it can boost a player to have a new face, new ideas and new methods of training.

"It is a very individual position on the field, and keepers need to be kept on their toes.

"I remember with Neville Southall, he would only work with a coach he liked – if he didn’t get along with them he didn’t want to know.

"Alan Kelly eventually had a stand named after him at Preston North End, and when I brought him to Everton, he and Neville hit it off famously.

"He managed to get the best from Neville, and it was immeasurably beneficial to us as a team.

"Hopefully Howard’s form continues like this all season.

"He knows there’s a talented young Spaniard hoping to pinch his place as number one but it only drives him on.

"I think he’s been a tremendous signing for the Blues and I’ve never been one to slate him, it’s always baffled me on the rare occasions people have had a moan.

"For my money, Tim is possibly the best goalkeeper Everton have had since Big Nev and I can’t give him any higher acclaim than that."

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