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.
"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."
For the big stories and the banter follow us on Twitter: @tribalfootball