The next fantasy goalkeeping prospect is one that is sure to raise a few eyebrows, the Everton goalkeeper has been noticeable in his absence from our thoughts this season and with four clean sheets to his credit it is easy to see why at times Howard has been a mere blip on our radar to date, but things are looking up for the Toffee’s keeper heading into the final 12 games of the season.
As we said Howard and Everton have only managed four clean sheets this season which is a country mile behind the 12 they managed last season, but there is still time for the Toffee’s to put that right and if there is one thing we have learnt over the last number of years it is that Everton always finish the season strongly.
With two clean sheets in his last five appearances Howards fantasy prospects are looking up. What is most intriguing to us here in “The Managers Office” as far as Everton and Howard are concerned is their remaining home fixtures of the season and it is for this reason that Howard comes into the equation.
The Toffee’s have a strong run of home fixtures remaining with Reading, Manchester City, Stoke, QPR, Fulham and West Ham set to make the trip to Merseyside in over the coming weeks. The interesting thing about these fixtures from a defensive point of view is that Stoke, QPR and West Ham make up three out four of worst teams when it comes from scoring goals on their travels. All three team collectively have only managed 27 goals on the road this season and just to put that into context both West Ham and Stoke have only managed to score eight goals away from home this season in comparison to Manchester United who have scored more goals away from home that all three with 28.
Away from home however is where it becomes a little hazy for Howard, Everton travel to Norwich, Arsenal, Tottenham, Sunderland, Liverpool and Chelsea. There is no doubting that compared to their remaining home fixtures Everton’s away days are going to be a bigger ask to expect clean sheets but with the Toffee’s penchants for finishing seasons strongly we wouldn’t say it’s a complete write off.
There is no doubting that Howard’s prospects are not as strong as some of those we have covered heading into the final weeks, but one thing he is sure to offer is a differential which can be key at this time of the season when it comes to climbing those league tables.