Roberto Martinez has hailed the American goalkeeper after a man-of-the-match performance on Saturday
Howard produced a man-of-the-match performance – which included a memorable penalty save from Christian Benteke – to help Martinez’s side maintain their fine start to the season with a 2-0 win at Aston Villa on Saturday.
Only Southampton’s Artur Boruc, Tottenham Hotspur’s Hugo Lloris and Jussi Jaaskelainen of West Ham United have kept more Premier League clean sheets this season than the United States international.
Martinez brought in Joel Robles , who won the FA Cup when on loan at Wigan Athletic, during summer to put greater pressure on Howard.
And the Everton manager said: “Tim has been faultless since the start of the season.
“It is important in every position that you have good competition for places and have options.
“Joel Robles, who won the FA Cup last season, is going to bring that threat but I thought Tim Howard showed just on Saturday what a magnificent moment of form he is enjoying. And what a magnificent goalkeeper he is.
“I can really say that I’ve not seen him do anything that has not been of the highest, highest level so I am really pleased in the competition we have in that position.”
Everton’s victory at Villa Park moved them to 18 points after nine games, a total they have surpassed at this stage of the season only once since three points for a win was introduced in 1981.
They stand only four points behind leaders Arsenal and are a point adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who visit Goodison on Sunday.
And while pleased with the start to the campaign, Martinez believes his players deserve to be even higher in the table.
“Looking back now at the start of the season we were very disappointed with the three draws we had,” said the Spaniard.
“Am I happy with the start? It is difficult to answer that because it depends on what you are looking at.
“The points tally is a very good one, the performances have been very, very good and what I have really be impressed with is the attitude and focus of the players.
“They are a really strong unit who have been successful over the years and, for me, it was important to keep that.
“But they have also opened up to doing things in a different way and that has been impressive.”
Meanwhile, Gareth Barry has been credited with Everton’s opener in the recent 2-1 victory over Hull City.
Kevin Mirallas had originally been awarded the goal after his shot from outside the box crept inside Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor’s near post.
But the Premier League’s Dubious Goals Committee has ruled the Belgian’s effort took a decisive touch off Barry before striking the back of the net.
The decision has granted Barry his first goal since arriving on a season-long loan from Manchester City, while Mirallas is now still waiting to break his duck this campaign.