Everton supporters were in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern over the weekend after seeing their side get back to winning ways.
Ronald Koeman’s men suffered four successive defeats in all competitions prior to Saturday’s clash with AFC Bournemouth, and that run looked set to continue when Josh King gave Eddie Howe’s side the lead at Goodison Park.
However, two goals from forgotten man Oumar Niasse secured the three points for the Toffees to record their first Premier League win since the opening day, and somewhat ease the pressure on boss Koeman ahead of their Europa League clash with Apollon Limassol on Thursday.
And several of our resident Evertonians will likely be intrigued by some recent quotes from goalkeeper Joel Robles for Cadena Sur (via IBTimes), with the Spaniard outlining his desire to leave the club in the near future.
The 27-year-old moved to Everton back in 2013 to link up once again with ex-Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez, but the arrival of Jordan Pickford over the summer has pushed the Spaniard further down the pecking order at Goodison Park, and almost certainly out of Koeman’s plans.
And Robles has lifted the lid on his future at the Merseyside outfit, suggesting that it’s likely coming to an end.
He said: ‘I am in my last year of my contract at Everton and this will surely be my last season at Everton because I made the decision not to renew.
‘My target from now to January is to fight for the manager to give me an opportunity [to play]. If this is not the case, we will have to sit down on 1 January and assess the options.’
These comments are likely to interest Everton fans, who saw Robles appear 20 times in the Premier League last season, but never totally nail down the number one spot ahead of Maarten Stekelenburg.
Landlord’s verdict: The goalkeeping options at Everton were one area in particular that manager Ronald Koeman appeared unconvinced by last season, and as such he spent a sizable sum to bring Jordan Pickford to the club during the summer.
And that arrival has left Joel Robles pondering his future at Goodison Park, and his recent comments suggest that, although he’ll do all he can to force his way into Koeman’s plans between now and January, a move away is likely when the window reopens in the New Year.
The 27-year-old has shown glimpses of promise during his time in English football, and would be a decent addition to many sides up and down the country, as well as several abroad.
Everton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!
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