With the departure of Tim Howard for Colorado Rapids, incoming Everton manager Ronald Koeman moved to fill what he viewed as an urgent void by bringing in his compatriot Maarten Stekelenburg from Fulham for a nominal fee.
33 at the time, Stekelenburg brought with him a wealth of experience, having spent nine years at Ajax in his native Netherlands before moving to Serie A with AS Roma in 2011 for €6m.
After two seasons in Italy, he was picked up by Fulham but he only spent one full season at Craven Cottage before moving out on loan form 2014-15 at Monaco where he was used primarily in the cups and made just one league appearance, and then spending the next season on loan at Southampton with Koeman.
Stekelenburg reached the pinnacle of his career to date in 2010 after he had succeeded Edwin van der Saar as his country's first-choice goalkeeper under then manager Bert van Marwijk.
The Haarlem-born 'keeper was the man selected between the posts at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa where the Netherlands made it all the way to the final, only to be beaten by Andres Iniesta's strike in extra time.
Stekelenburg was also in goal for the Dutch at Euro2012 and played in all three groups games as the Oranje flamed out, finishing bottom of their group.
He played a dominant role in Everton's pre-season preparations, and appeared to be usurping Joel Robles for the № 1 jersey, despite wearing № 22 for his first season at Everton.
|Date of birth||22 September 1982|
|Joined||1st July, 2016|
|Signed by||Ronald Koeman|
|Transfer fee||< £1m|
|Contract duration||3 years|
|Contract expires||June 2019|
Tottenham H (H)
13 August 2016
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|Season||Squad No.||League Apps (sub)||League Goals||Cup Apps (sub)||Cup Goals||Total Apps (sub)||Total Goals|
|2016-17||22||17 (0)||0||2 (0)||0||19 (0)||0|
|Totals||17 (0)||0||2 (0)||0||19 (0)||0|
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