Carroll also played a lot for us during 04/05 season. Howard started off great but soon proved himself to be a bit of liability whilst Carroll was always an average keeper. People who think DDG would easy to replace are in for a shock. Romero is very much overrated due to the Europa run, I don't think he would cut the mustard if he has to play the amount of games DDG plays. Just look at other clubs - Pool have struggled with keepers for ages with Reina perhaps being the only exception and depending on how one rates Cech at Arsenal, you could argue that they have struggled to replace Seaman too. Markets for established keeper is always thin. Only realistic option is to invest in a young keeper again (like we did with DDG), bargains like VDS are akin to lottery.