Agbonlahor Exclusive: Everton starter will be fuming at what Ancelotti did tonight
Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed Everton defender Ben Godfrey “won’t be happy” playing at full-back.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Aston Villa and England striker did praise the 22-year-old’s ability to adapt to a new position.
Godfrey is a centre-back by trade but has played all across the Toffees defence since his summer move from Norwich City.
He was handed a fifth consecutive start in the Toffees’ 2-0 win over Leicester City on Wednesday night and lined up at left-back.
Carlo Ancelotti was forced to play Godfrey and Mason Holgate at full-back at the King Power Stadium and in the previous week against Chelsea due to injuries.
The Everton boss has been without first-choice pair Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne in recent weeks and Digne could be out for up to three months.
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Asked by Football Insider what he made of Godfrey’s performances out of position, Agbonlahor said: “He’d love to be a centre-back and play at centre-back.
“But when you get the chance to go from Norwich to Everton, you play wherever you told to play and that’s the attitude you need.
“You can adapt. He won’t be happy playing full-back but you have to adapt.
“He’s not being asked to run the length of the pitch and put in crosses with his left foot. He’s being asked to defend and pass the ball to players that can do that.
“I think he’s been a great addition to the squad and I’m sure the club are glad they signed him because they needed him whilst there’s been so many injuries.”
Godfrey played 30 times in the Premier League last season at the heart of the Norwich defence but his efforts were not enough to prevent them from being relegated.
The England Under-21 international moved to Goodison Park in October for an initial £20million fee.