Everton are in a very vulnerable position in their Premier League campaign at this point of the season just one point off the relegation zone, so a win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Goodison Park is essential for Frank Lampard’s side to secure some safety in the league this afternoon.
And now, a huge double injury boost has emerged that could put the Toffees in their best position to achieve this.
The Toffees boss took to his pre-match press conference to confirm that both Demarai Gray and Ben Godfrey have returned to training and full fitness putting themselves in contention for selection against Bruno Lage’s side this weekend.
Speaking to the press, Lampard confirmed;
“Ben Godfrey is a big player for us and so is Demarai Gray. They are both fit.
“I haven’t really been able to call on them but now I can, and we need our big players.”
As the 43-year-old manager touched on in his press conference, Gray and Godfrey are big players for the Everton team and both offer experience in the team, with Gray in particular having a hugely positive impact on the side since he joined the club last summer.
The 25 year old winger is the second highest-scoring player in the squad this season with six goals so far, and considering Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison are struggling to find the back of the net since they have returned from injury, the return of Gray will be highly anticipated by the manager as he looks for a fresh perspective in front of goal to offer an attacking threat that delivers.
As for Godfrey, he could really make the impact that the defensive line desperately needs following the 5-0 defeat on Monday night against Tottenham Hotspur, in which we saw the Everton defence completely fall apart throughout.
Lampard will surely be buzzing that he can add a fresh pair of legs into the back line, especially when you look at the 24-year -ld’s defensive attributes this season so far.
According to SofaScore, Godfrey has won the majority of both his ground and aerial duels combined (55%), has been successful in the majority of his dribbles (70%), making 2.1 tackles and 3.5 clearances on average per game, proving that he could make a positive impact against Wolves.
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