Apparently Everton's manager, Roberto Martinez has openly stated that Tim Howard's spot in the starting XI is no longer an assumption and that the young, new face Joel Robles is expected to give Howard a good run at his spot on the line. Robles is a young, talented keeper that Martinez personally likes a lot.
Howard has had little to no competition for his job since he joined the Toffees in 2006, and not much more for the USMNT. That is, until recently, when Brad Guzan of Aston Villa has started knocking on the door after a great year for his underachieving club and Howard starting to drop off a bit in form. Guzan also made some great, and important showings for the National team when Howard was out with injury, forcing some to pose the question as to who should make the World Cup run.
That being said, Tim Howard has not done enough to concede either starting job... yet. Perhaps this new-found club competition could even help him, forcing him to work harder to get his edge back. Though he is still one of the best keepers in the game, he now faces stiff competition for the first time in about 8 years and I wonder if we could see the end of an era, or the continuation?