Tim Howard makes statement on ‘awful’ former Everton team-mate

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Tim Howard has opened up about his time at Everton while speaking to Ben Foster, where he made an interesting statement about Royston Drenthe.

Royston Drenthe abused his privileges at Everton

Well, it looks like the Dutchman took advantage of Everton’s facilities for personal gain.

Surprisingly, Howard told Foster that Drenthe used to show up at Finch Farm in the middle of the night with his friends to use the hot tub, treating the training ground as his personal luxury.

Speaking on Fozcast, the American said: “One was awful, Royston Drenthe. Rolls Royce at the practice ground, always late, eyes half closed. Guess he’d never heard talking about CCTV or something, he ends up coming to the training ground in the middle of the night with some friends, and they’re in the hot tub.

It is a remarkable statement to say the least – what was Drenthe thinking?

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It was obvious to all that the 35-year-old had talent during his time at Goodison Park, although that means nothing when the professionalism just isn’t there.

Drenthe made 27 appearances in all competitions for the Toffees while on loan from Real Madrid in the 2011/12 campaign, scoring four goals while providing seven assists.

Everton must avoid another Royston Drenthe

Of course, it can be tempting to take on a problematic player if he’s capable of special things on the pitch.

However, Frank Lampard needs to make sure he avoids this temptation and focuses on adding more hard workers such as Conor Coady and James Tarkowski to his squad.

Leaders like them are the kind of players who will take you in the right direction, as they set the tone for others, while those like Drenthe will only cause problems around the club.

Hopefully Lampard and Kevin Thelwell avoid bringing troublesome players to Goodison Park and do their homework before making any future moves.

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