David Moyes has paid Tim Howard the ultimate compliment by putting the American on a par with Nigel Martyn the man he once described as his best ever signing.
Howard was recruited from Manchester United in the summer in the 2006, initially on a season-long loan. A virtual ever present for the Blues since then, he made his 200th consecutive Premier League appearance against Stoke on Saturday afternoon.
The 33-year-old has become the Everton’s Mr Reliable for over the last five years, keeping goal in every single top flight fixture since September 2007.
Such has been Howard’s consistency, he is now just 12 games away from reaching Neville Southall's record run of playing in 212 successive league matches.
And Moyes says the US international has been worth every single penny of the transfer fee paid to prise him away from Old Trafford.
“Tim has been a great buy for us, I have got to say. We bought him to replace Nigel Martyn and he hasn’t let us down,” said the Blues boss.
“The biggest compliment I can say is that it has been seamless moving them over. Both are great men and both have spoken very well of Everton Football Club and what happens here.”
Moyes added: “When I was losing Nigel Martyn, I said to myself ‘where am I going to get anybody who is as reliable and as consistent?’
“In terms of his personality, Nigel was a great guy to have at the club and I have to say that I have been fortunate to pick one just as good in all ways.
“Tim has been a great goalkeeper and is great to have around. He is an ambassador for Everton and we are pleased to have him.
“His work-rate is excellent and he takes a lot of pride in his work.
“When you leave Manchester United, a lot can depend on how you react. He has reacted in a way where he has tried to rebuild himself and show what a goalkeeper he is, and I think he has proved that.”