Everton signed Maarten Stekelenburg from Fulham on 1 July 2016 for a fee believed to be £900k, per Transfermarkt.
Ronald Koeman brought the Holland international goalkeeper to Goodison Park as his first signing, having previously had him play for him at Ajax and Southampton.
The goalkeeper had won a number of club honours during his time in Holland, as well as representing his nation at the 2010 World Cup when they reached the final, although they were beaten by Spain.
He made the switch to AS Roma in 2011 before making the move to the Premier League, providing Everton with some experience in goal.
However, a number of The Toffees’ faithful were not convinced with his addition and had felt that he would only be a back-up ‘keeper at best, with a number of them taking to Twitter to voice their concerns.
hope we never seem him in gloves
— GP (@GCP1989) July 1, 2016
hope there's not a number 1 on the back of that shirt
— Paul Williams (@willow_71uk) July 1, 2016
— Danny (Holiday) (@Dxlboyy) July 1, 2016
decent backup for us.
— Graeme McVeigh (@GraemeMcV) July 1, 2016
— Daniel (@DannyMillea) July 1, 2016
couldn't of signed a worse goalkeeper
— Tom (@Warnock96) July 1, 2016
— Craig Riley (@CragOnTour) July 1, 2016
And, how right they were.
Stekelenburg has made just 26 appearances for Everton over the two-and-a-half-years he has been at Goodison Park, with just a handful having come in the Premier League.
He made the bulk of those appearances in his first season, however, Joel Robles shortly took over before Jordan Pickford arrived in the summer to take the number one position.
In those limited opportunities, the Dutchman had just seven clean sheets during that time, conceding a total of 31 goals.
He has made just two appearances for The Toffees this season, with both having come in the League Cup, whilst he has been a permanent fixture on the substitutes bench in the Premier League.
Despite rarely ever playing for Everton, the 36-year-old was handed a new deal in the summer to extend his stay at Goodison Park until the summer of 2020.
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