Maarten Stekelenburg is soon-to-be out of contract at Everton and could be on his way out of Goodison Park as he’s been short of playing time.
The 37-year-old’s deal expires this summer and it’s hard to see a new deal coming his way as Jonas Lossl could return from his loan spell at Huddersfield Town to be Everton’s No.2 next season.
Stekelenburg hasn’t made an appearance for Everton in nearly two years, so supporters from Everton FC Group are happy to let him leave on a free transfer in the coming months.
James Evans: “Release him. Get him off the wage bill.”
Kevin Caspersen: “Release.”
Ellis Vaughan: “Release him.”
Brendan Summers: “Release.”
Aidan Calnan: “Release, out of contract, good luck to him.”
Lee Garner: “Release.”
Alan Wong: “Only one answer. Why should we pay out wages on people like this? Need to rid a lot of dead weight.”
Michael Vengadachalam: “Get rid.”
Alan Melville: “Taxi.”
Geoff Potatohead: “Taxi.”
Kris Efc Sheehan: “Release.”
The Dutch international’s last outing in an Everton shirt came in their EFL Cup defeat to Southampton (October 2, 2018). He’s spent the last two years on the bench and out of the matchday squad.
Next season, Carlo Ancelotti will have Lossl and Joao Virginia as backup to Jordan Pickford, so there’s no place for Stekelenburg.
The 37-year-old has a wealth of experience and seems happy to play a subsidiary role, but Everton might allow him to run down his deal as they have options in his stead.