Mucha’s contract expires in the summer and former Everton goalkeeper Thomas Myhre reckons Mucha will be out to make a statement.

Myhre: “Whatever happens between now and the summer Jan has to play as well as possible to make a statement.

“It is not easy being a deputy sometimes and Tim Howard has done ever so well for the club. The thing for Jan is that Tim has hardly ever been injured.

“Tim performs well season in, season out and it’s been hard to see how he could be rested.

“David Moyes said earlier this season that maybe he needed another keeper to keep Tim on his toes, but Jan has done well since he came in.

“He made some very good saves against City and I’m sure it was a relief for him.

“Maybe Jan will be thinking about playing so well he gives the manager something to think about when Tim is fit.

“I played 80 or so games for Everton but then got injured and found it very difficult to get my place back when I recovered.

“It will be interesting to see what Moyes does. Everton haven’t kept as many clean sheets as I’m sure they would have liked to this season.

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