Tim Howard thinks David Moyes will bring in the right players this summer.
Tim Howard has revealed that he has faith in David Moyes to bring in the right players this summer.
Everton finished fifth in the Premier League last season, earning them a Uefa Cup place for the 2008/09 campaign, but Howard thinks that if they are to raise their game to a new level, quality players must be signed.
Extra impetus has been placed on that issue this summer – especially with the teams around the Blues lining up big spending sprees in the latest transfer window.
But Moyes is renowned for bringing in the right players since being at Everton, with the likes of Tim Cahill, Mikel Arteta, Joseph Yobo, Joleon Lescott and Phil Jagielka all joining the Toffees for under £6 million.
The USA goalkeeper said: “Tottenham are spending big, Aston Villa and Manchester City had good seasons and are going to spend. They have to. Everyone has to.
“That’s the wicked thing about football nowadays. If you don’t spend, you could get left behind. Sunderland are supposed to be spending something like £50m. It’s crazy how it works but our manager buys well and we trust him.”
Reflecting on the season just gone, Howard is pleased with the fifth place outcome. Not only that, the Blues reached the last 16 of the Uefa Cup and also reached the semi-finals of the Carling Cup, only to go out to Chelsea.
However, Everton were sitting pretty in a Champions League spot with two months of the season to go, and the former Manchester United player is disappointed that they let that slip.
“We lost some sleep towards the end and we’re thinking ‘jeez’ when Aston Villa were chasing us but everything turned out ok,” said Howard.
“It was a very good season bordering on - dare I say it - great but, looking back, the one big issue we had was after the Liverpool game. Our form on the run in was terrible and we should have picked up many more points.
“If you look at it, we need to be finishing stronger. We put two great runs of unbeaten sequences together, so to finish by just barely scraping into fifth place was a little bit disappointing. Nevertheless, we were thrilled to get back into Europe.”