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Everton’s Ben Godfrey attracting Newcastle interest

An update has emerged on Everton tank Ben Godfrey, regarding interest in his services from elsewhere…

What’s the talk?

According to The Mirror, Newcastle United are eyeing up a deal for the central defender ahead of the summer transfer window.

The report claims that the Magpies were keen on a move in January and are now set to make another swoop for him at the end of the season.

Should Everton sell Godfrey?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Disaster

Frank Lampard could be heading for his first transfer disaster in charge of the club as losing Godfrey would be a major blow in the summer.

The centre-back, who joined from Norwich for £25m in 2020, has been a fantastic signing and one of the few shining lights at Goodison Park over the last 18 months.

Famous Toffees fan Tony Bellew dubbed him as “immense” last season as he caught the eye at the back with a string of superb performances. In the Premier League last term, Godfrey averaged an excellent SofaScore rating of 7.03 for the club, winning 66% of his individual duels and making 2.9 tackles and interceptions per game.

His performances have dropped off in the current campaign, in line with the rest of the team, as he has averaged a SofaScore rating of 6.77. However, he is still making 2.9 tackles and interceptions and has been forced to play at full-back to make up for the club’s lack of depth at right-back and left-back.

This shows that he has the versatility required to be a vital member of the squad. Lampard knows that he can do a job anywhere across the back four, whilst putting in impressive displays when he plays in his favoured position.

Therefore, losing him would be a disaster as they would have to replace his quality at centre-back along with his ability to play in multiple positions. It could force the club into needing to sign two players to take his place in the squad, unless they are able to find another gem who can excel in more than one position.

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At the age of 24, he also has plenty of time left ahead of him to fulfil his potential and improve as a player. He may continue to improve and grow his value, which is another reason why selling him now would be a major error by the club. They could receive a larger payday further down the line if they keep him for another year and help him to reach the next level in his game.

AND in other news, 32 appearances, £12.5m per goal: Everton had a nightmare over shocking £71k-p/w flop…

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