The Liverpool Echo’s head of sport David Prentice has recently waxed lyrical over Everton’s English defender Ben Godfrey.
During the summer transfer window, the Toffees sealed the arrival of the 23-year-old centre-back from Championship club Norwich City for £24.75m (per Transfermarkt).
Since then, he has made 13 appearances for the Merseyside outfit in all competitions, with 11 of them coming in the Premier League.
A key side to Godfrey’s game which he has shown since moving to Goodison Park is his versatility, as he has played in each position across the backline.
In a recent episode of the Liverpool Echo’s Royal Blue: The Everton FC Podcast, Prentice aired his thoughts on the 23-year-old defender and waxed lyrical over him.
He said: “I think Ben Godfrey has to be found a place for [in the team] somewhere, and right-back probably seems like the best slot at the moment, anyway.
“Then that throws other questions: what do you do with Mason Holgate if you’re going to go with Michael Keane and Yerry Mina as your first-choice centre-halves?
“But that’s good, they’re the kind of dilemmas and the kinds of headaches that the manager wants, the rest of the system sort of selects itself, really.
“Just Ben Godfrey, I think he causes the biggest talking point of all because he’s playing so well; you’ve got to get him in there.
“I just love his attitude and his consistency at the moment.”
TIF Thoughts on what David Prentice said about Ben Godfrey…
As can be seen in what the journalist said about the Englishman, he believes that Godfrey has given Carlo Ancelotti the biggest selection headache because of how good he has been.
Which position do you think Ben Godfrey should be played in?
While Prentice claimed that right-back may be the best fit for the former Norwich man, judging from his average ratings, it would seem that he has performed best at left-back this season.
He has earned a 6.94/10 average rating in that position so far this season, whereas he has earned a 6.82/10 at centre-back and a much weaker 6.21/10 at right-back (per WhoScored).
However, regardless of where he fits into the side, he has been Everton’s joint-tenth-best performer in the league this term, so, it is clear to see that he is having a positive impact at Goodison Park.