By Darren Bent

26th Dec, 2020 | 12:03pm

Exclusive: Pundit drops Ben Godfrey claim pre-Everton v Sheffield United clash

Everton defender Ben Godfrey has successfully demonstrated his versatility to Carlo Ancelotti ahead of the Boxing Day clash against Sheffield United.

So says Darren Bent, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

Naturally a centre-half, Godfrey was on stand-in duty at left-backed once again during Everton’s 2-0 League Cup defeat to Manchester United on Wednesday, with first-choice left-back Lucas Digne still out injured.

The Frenchman has been missing since 28 November after sustaining an ankle injury which required surgery, leaving manager Carlo Ancelotti with no choice but to test other options in his position.

Godfrey, a £25million summer recruit from relegated Norwich City, has now started at left-back for the past four matches and that run may be extended at Bramall Lane on Saturday night.

Asked by Football Insider whether he agreed that the England U21 defender had proved himself an able deputy for Digne, Bent replied: “Yeah, he has done. Obviously, it would be better if they had a left-footer that could put crosses in, but he’s done very well in that left-back position.

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“He gets forward, joins in, he’s good on the ball, he’s quicker than I thought. And he’s done very, very well.

“Especially while Lucas Digne’s out, I think he’s slotted in very, very nicely.”

Godfrey’s run in the team as a left-sided defender has coincided with Everton’s finest spell of the season – prior to the defeat to United, they had beaten Chelsea, Leicester City and Arsenal in successive matches.

Lucas Digne is set to return in the new year, allowing Godfrey to resume his role in the middle of the defence.

In other news, a 21-year-old Everton centre-back looks set to leave Goodison Park among interest from a number of Football League clubs.