After just 20 appearances in all competitions for the Toffees since signing in 2016, Maarten Stekelenburg looks set to be released according to Liverpool Echo.
The former Roma ‘keeper was signed by Ronald Koeman in an effort to sure up between the sticks following the departure of Tim Howard, but now he has been deemed surplus to requirement and dropped to third spot with his contract expiring at the end of the season.
It’s fair to say the Dutchman has endured a less than fruitful spell on Merseyside, having only played regularly in his first season for the club – averaging 2.2 saves per game and 11.5 inaccurate long balls according to WhoScored.com.
His injury concerns were the main reason for his lack of playing time, with a groin problem keeping him out for the majority of the 2017/2018 campaign coupled with the arrival of England number one Jordan Pickford.
The 37-year-old is also in the twilight years of his career, prompting Everton to sign a younger back up in Jonas Lossl who can actively keep Pickford on his toes when it comes to competing for a starting place.
That being said, Stekelenburg does have his highlights – a notable one being saving two Manchester City penalties in Everton’s 1-1 draw at the Etihad.
Other players set to be released in 2020 are Oumar Niasse and Cuco Martina, who have found themselves on the fringes of the Everton squad this season with no likelihood that’s going to change.
With the potential save on wages, this should be seen as a good thing in terms of building for future recruits as the Toffees look to embark on a long-term project ahead of their potential stadium move.
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