Everton’s number one goalkeeper may be thriving in Russia but overall, the club have something of an issue in the position. Jordan Pickford is the undisputed number one, but in back-up they are struggling. Joel Robles has decided to move on with his contract expiring this summer. That leaves Dutch international and former World Cup finalist Maarten Stekelenburg. He is severely injury prone and, just this week, was linked with a move to French side Lille.
So could next season see Polish stopper Mateusz Hewelt embed himself in the Everton first-team structure?
The Polish-born stopper spent his formative years in Ireland before leaving Shelbourne to join Everton in 2013.
The 21-year-old was an ever-present for Everton’s under-23s in the Premier League 2 win of 2016-17. After recovering from ankle surgery he was soon back as the development team’s number one again last term.
But, despite being on the bench on six occasions for Everton in the past, he is yet to make his first-team bow.
So could he be the club’s third, or even second, choice keeper next season?
The Pole is seemingly the current third-choice and there has been no real talk of Everton targeting a new keeper this summer.
Hewelt is extremely talented and with just one year left on his contract, it is make-or-break time at Goodison Park.
Next year could be something of a breakthrough for the young talent.