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Talk of a back-up keeper to replace Robles

| Sunday, 23 July 2017  17 Comments  [Jump to last]

Some sources suggest that Everton are on the verge of a deal for Vitesse Arnhem goalkeeper Eloy Room.

They claim that Ronald Koeman will make Room his side's seventh senior signing of the summer as a direct replacement for the Blues' outgoing keeper, Joel Robles.

The Curaçao international has three years remaining on his current deal with Arnhem but reports in Holland claim that a move to Goodison Park is imminent.

Room made 33 appearances for the Eredivisie outfit last season as they went on to lift a first piece of major silveware in their history with the KNVB Cup.

According to Dutch website Soccer News, the 28-year-old will link up with international team mate Cuco Martina on Merseyside for a fee of just £1.35 million.



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Nigel Munford
1 Posted 23/07/2017 at 18:15:11
Anyone know anything about this rumour, is he any good? If so, would it be the end for Stekelenburg?
Neil Thomas
2 Posted 23/07/2017 at 20:11:27
More important, is there Room in the team for him?
Nigel Munford
3 Posted 23/07/2017 at 21:23:26
I was waiting for the jokes to start... Cheers, Neil.
Craig Harrison
4 Posted 23/07/2017 at 22:28:49
Last watching watching A curaçao gold cup game the commentator mentioned he was signing for Everton in the next few days. Played really well very acrobatic but not good for the final goal against Mexico I think.
Drew O'Neall
5 Posted 23/07/2017 at 22:40:00
Can't be worse than Stekelenburg. Shame we're losing Robles but good luck to him. He probably couldn't believe it when he was dropped for Stekelenburg... I certainly couldn't.
Tanvir Akram
6 Posted 23/07/2017 at 22:54:34
He is not very good at crosses!
Don Alexander
7 Posted 23/07/2017 at 23:00:56
Weren't the Eloy the nice obedient mindless zombies roaming Planet Earth in H G Wells's The Time Machine? If so, sounds like he'll be right up Ron's street with Hind-sight!
Neil Thomas
8 Posted 23/07/2017 at 23:22:39
Tanvir, nor was Dracula but he had a long career, about 250 years I think, so don't judge to early.
Andrew James
9 Posted 23/07/2017 at 23:28:45
Pickford will have moments where he will make mistakes because he is young but I suspect he will be our No 1 which is better than having what we did last season where they were interchangeable and making mistakes.

As a No 2 we need someone competent who can shot stop and go for crosses. There is a strong chance he won't play all season.

David Ellis
10 Posted 24/07/2017 at 03:09:01
Andrew – so you're saying it will be better this season as we will have only one keeper making mistakes whereas last season we had two keepers making mistakes?
Alan J Thompson
11 Posted 24/07/2017 at 04:48:46
Erik, another non-Dutch Dutchman.

Something in common with Kevin Sheedy's international career.

Andrew James
12 Posted 24/07/2017 at 13:59:58
@David

Yes, I don't like my 'keepers to let goals in with a range of varied and innovative mistakes.

I'd rather they make the same mistake repeatedly throughout the season so I know what is coming...

Nicholas Ryan
13 Posted 24/07/2017 at 14:25:11
Will he be the Panic Room, or the Chill Out Room?

Okay, I'm going!

Mike Allen
14 Posted 24/07/2017 at 15:11:04
Let's hope it's a winning dressing room...
Brian Porter
15 Posted 31/07/2017 at 10:12:29
I still firmly believe that Robles would have eventually become a top class keeper if Koeman had stuck with him, given him an extended run as first choice, thereby building up his confidence, instead of dropping him after one, admittedly stupid howler.

Even the best keepers in the world make mistakes but you don't see Neuer or Buffon being dropped for the next match. Their managers show faith in them, knowing that by doing so they are giving their keeper confidence to do their job.

If a keeper (and I was one, once), lives in fear of being dropped if he makes one mistake, there is then more chance of that mistake happening. Perhaps more than in any other position, it's important that the keeper is psychologically confident and feels able to do his job without fear.

Robles was on a very good run last season with some of the best stats in the Premier League until that mistake against West Ham. Koeman just couldn't wait to bring his mate Stekelenburg back in to his team. Result? Robles confidence shattered just when he probably believed he'd earned the right to be the #1 choice in goal.

Alan J Thompson
16 Posted 03/08/2017 at 05:51:11
Did we actually sign this Dutch keeper, Room? Not seen him with pen poised over contract while trying to keep the scarf out of the way.
James Watts
17 Posted 03/08/2017 at 05:58:29
Not yet Alan as Robles hasn't gone. Although he's not 'Dutch' as such as he plays for the same international team as Martina I believe. Curaçao. Let's hope he's as good as Martina eh? Oh wait...

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