By Alex Stevens
Everton fans have taken to Twitter following the team news that saw Joel Robles included to face West Ham after regular no.1 Maarten Stekelenburg failed a late fitness test.
Stekelenburg has played all nine of Everton’s Premier League matches so far this season, and single-handedly won a point for the team with two penalty saves in a 1-1 draw with Manchester City on October 15.
Everton have slumped to a poor run of form that has seen them winless in five matches and fans are worried that their regular goalie is out, while experienced defender Phil Jagielka has been dropped to the bench in favour of Ramiro Funes Mori.
Joel has yet to make an appearance for the Toffees this season but he did make 24 appearances across all competitions last season.
Here is a selection of tweets from Everton fans ahead of the West Ham game:
Stekelenburg fails a late fitness test. #EFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) October 30, 2016
Is stekelenburg injured? Might have missed that and why no jags does he have a knock? If not I don't really understand the decision #EFC
— Aidan (@AidanG1995) October 30, 2016
@Everton where's Stekelenburg??
— Cal Fletcher (@callum_fletch98) October 30, 2016
Jagielka dropped ? I'm guessing Stekelenburg is injured … Massive game this 3 points and nothing else !!
— Jonny Reck (@J_Reck90) October 30, 2016
— mark rothwell (@spider76efc) October 30, 2016
gutted about Stekelenburg not starting, Joel better do well today🙄
— cath (@cathrynwinstone) October 30, 2016
Since when was Stekelenburg injured? Big chance this for Joel to show what he can offer. #efc
— Elliott Cuff (@CuffWrites) October 30, 2016
— Chris Bone (@chrisbone7177) October 30, 2016
Everton face a resurgent West Ham side on Sunday, with three wins from three for Slaven Bilic’s side following a disastrous start to the season.
Bilic has made just one change to the side that beat Cheslea in the EFL Cup on Wednesday, with regular goalie Adrian coming in for Darren Randolph.