By Tony Hughes

Former Everton and United States goalkeeper Tim Howard believes that the Toffees are in a great place at the moment.

Asked whether they could fulfil their ambitions and secure a Champions League spot Howard replied: “Without question.”

Talking on Sportsworld on the BBC (16.35), Howard said that he’s still in contact with his old teammates at Everton and they tell him life is good at the club.

“It’s great to see what Koeman has gone in and done. They’re playing good football and the owners are pushing the club in the right direction and spending a lot of money, so I have no doubt they’ll be able to attract top talent.”

The former Manchester United shot stopper joined the Toffees in 2007 for around £3million, and went on to make an astounding 413 league and cup appearances for the club.

Howard holds the title as Everton’s 13th highest appearance maker, after recording a huge 134 clean sheets.

Howard is also a member of an elite club of just five goalkeepers that have scored a Premier League goal, after scoring a wind-assisted effort against Bolton in 2012. He joins the likes of Asmir Begovic, Paul Robinson, Brad Friedel and Peter Schmeichel.

In other Everton news, fan groups have said Ronald Koeman was right to say that Romelu Lukaku should leave the club.