Thomas Myhre believes Maarten Stekelenburg’s early-season form proves that Everton are set to enjoy his prime years.
The former Norway international, who made 82 appearances for the Blues in the late 1990s, holds the commonly-held view in football that, unlike outfield players, goalkeepers peak after the age of 30.
Myhre has been mightily impressed by the way the Dutchman has gone about his business this term and believes the speed in which the custodian has won the trust of his teammates speaks volumes about his ability.
“He’s done ever so well,” Myhre told evertonfc.com
. “He’s very good overall, in all aspects. He’s calm, he commands his area well and his presence is very good. You can see that in the way his defenders show trust in him - and that’s very important. I don’t think he has any weaknesses and he’s now coming into the prime of his career.
“I respect him a lot and it’s great to see Ronald Koeman and his staff get the very best of him.
“It can be difficult coming into a new club as a goalkeeper and having new players in front of you. Obviously, Ashley Williams is new to the defence as well but things are looking good in the backline so far this season.
“Maarten made a couple of fantastic saves on his debut against Tottenham to earn us a point and there is no doubt that will have helped his confidence. The one goal we have conceded inside the box this season - against Middlesbrough - was a clear foul and he wasn’t at fault at all.
“When you look at the start of our season, it looks like we’re back to normal in terms of being solid at the back. That’s the Everton way - being creative and good to watch going forward but also being very stable at the back. It’s impressed me.”
Myhre, meanwhile, is now enjoying the challenge of juggling roles as a business entrepreneur and a football pundit back in his homeland.
And, despite representing 14 clubs during a professional career that spanned 19 years, the 42-year-old insists there is one side that remains closest to his heart.
“Everton is my club,” he enthused. “Obviously, I played for many clubs in my career but the Everton shirt is the one all of my three kids wear now. If you ask them who their favourite team team is - they’ll tell you Everton straight away, and so will their dad!
“I’ve always been busy since I retired from the game. I still do some punditry work for television stations in Norway and I am also involved in a number of different businesses.
“In the last six to 12 months I’ve been mainly concentrated on developing a pizza brand which has become one of the most popular in Norway. It’s like Dominos or Pizza Hut in the UK and America. We have restaurants all around the country, around 140 stores in total, but now we’re looking to make an impact in the capital, Oslo, which is a big challenge. I’m involved in many other businesses as well, so there is always something going on!”