The American goalkeeper will battle with new-boy Joel Robles for the Toffees jersey.
Tim Howard insists he is confident of being the number one goalkeeper at Everton next season despite the arrival of Joel Robles.
For the first time in six years with the club, Howard faces a fight to hang onto his position as the regular custodian at Goodison Park after Robles followed new boss Roberto Martinez to Merseyside from Wigan earlier this summer.
Martinez brought the Spanish keeper to England on a loan deal from Atletico Madrid last year and paid £1 million to sign him permanently for the Toffees not long after they lifted the FA Cup together in May.
Howard, who has three years remaining on his current deal, isn’t phased by the challenge and doesn’t feel his status as no. 1 is in jeopardy.
”I don’t think that’s ever been in question. … I have never asked for assurances (about my status),” Howard said to Fox Sports.
”I know where I stand. I think my performances over the last 450 games have merited my place where I am right now.
“Unless I have been asleep for a few months and forgotten something I think all is pretty well in my camp.”