Fabio Paratici has been working his socks off to improve Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur squad in the summer transfer window.
Yves Bissouma, Fraser Forster and Ivan Perisic have all come through the door and they seem unlikely to be the last ones to do so.
Along with that, a centre-back is on the wishlist and they could look to Goodison Park again to find their man in the form of Ben Godfrey.
Earlier this summer, The Telegraph reported that the Englishman is a player the club have looked at as a possible target and Paratici must now swoop for him.
By signing the £30m defender, Tottenham would be bringing in a big upgrade on Welshman Ben Davies on the left of the back three.
As per FBref, the Spurs man ranks in the 57th percentile or lower in pressures, tackles, interceptions, blocks, clearances, and aerial battles won per 90 over the last 365 days out of every centre-back in Europe’s top five leagues.
This suggests that he has struggled to make a big impact defensively in the Premier League and is, therefore, a player who can be replaced by a new signing to improve the team.
At the age of 29, he is heading towards the latter end of his career and is unlikely to develop much more beyond this point as he has already gained plenty of experience at senior level and should be in the peak years of his career.
Godfrey, meanwhile, is 24 and has plenty of time left ahead of him to grow as a player. Tottenham would be bringing him in as a player to add to the starting XI immediately whilst also investing in what he has the potential to become in the future.
As per FBref, the Toffees bruiser ranks higher than Davies in all of the aforementioned stats aside from aerial duels won. He ranks in the 83rd percentile or higher in pressures, tackles, and blocks, which suggests that he is an active defender who is willing to put his body on the line and has the mobility to close down the opposition.
Tony Bellew once tweeted: “Ben Godfrey has been an absolute revelation this season he really has! Random one this but just had to say it laa! The lad has been immense everytime he’s played!”
This comment suggests that the statistics illustrate what the supporters have been seeing on the pitch. Godfrey is a proven performer in the Premier League and appears to be a far better option, with more potential, than Davies, which is why Paratici must snap him up from Everton in the coming weeks.