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Everton must unleash Ben Godfrey vs Burnley

Rafa Benitez’s Everton tenure has been close to perfect so far with the Spaniard dropping just two points since returning to Merseyside.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been among the goals, his new signings have hit the ground running but there does remain one problem.

On the chalkboard

That issue happens to be in defence where the Toffees have struggled this season.

They have kept just one clean sheet – a 2-0 win over Brighton – and even conceded a sloppy goal to Huddersfield in the Carabao Cup.

The man at fault in that clash happened to be Michael Keane. He lost his marker and continued a horrid trend this term of making mistakes.

Keane was also at fault during the draw with Leeds when he turned too slowly and let Patrick Bamford take up possession before he supplied a goal.

Should Godfrey start on Monday?

Yes please!

Yes please!

No thanks!

No thanks!

The English centre-half did return to form against the Seagulls but he has proven to be too much of a liability to trust in recent months.

The solution

Fortunately, Benitez will be able to call upon Ben Godfrey for the first time as Everton manager when they face Burnley on Monday evening.

The former Norwich gem hasn’t played a single minute this term but has returned to the fray this week according to the manager.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the 61-year-old said: “The majority of the players are fine. We have two or three issues, but Yerry (Mina) and Ben (Godfrey) are training already.”

With Godfrey’s return to fitness and Keane’s lack of form in mind, Everton simply have to turn to him Monday.

That’s especially when you consider how his qualities could match up against a strong and physical Burnley side.

Speaking about him last season, Carlo Ancelotti outlined what sets him apart from other defenders. He commented: “I found a really fantastic defender. He has all the quality a defender needs. He is powerful, has a lot of energy, tactically intelligent, really aggressive, can play in different positions.”

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Aggression and power is exactly what Everton will need against Sean Dyche’s men so it wouldn’t be a surprise if we saw the 23-year-old start for the first time this term.

The £68k-per-week centre-back’s pace is electric which is the polar opposite to Keane, someone who even struggled with Bamford’s movement against Leeds.

If Everton want to continue their promising start to the campaign then Godfrey has to play this week. With his attributes in mind, he could be absolutely game-changing for the rest of the Toffees team.

AND in other news, Bye-bye James: Rafa must unleash Everton’s “sensational” rarely-seen 17 y/o this term…

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