Everton could sell Godfrey in first-team exodus - Whelan

By Noel Whelan

14th May, 2022 | 7:22pm

Pundit suggests Ben Godfrey to lead Everton exodus after latest

Noel Whelan has suggested ben Godfrey could lead an exodus of first-team players out of Everton this summer amid reported interest from Tottenham.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the 24-year-old has not “hit the heights expected” in his two years at Goodison Park.

The Telegraph (12 May) report that Godfrey is one of three Everton players Tottenham are keeping tabs on with a view toward a transfer raid this summer.

The versatile defender’s contract at Everton runs until the summer of 2025.

Whelan admitted the Toffees need to make “a lot of changes” and suggested they would have no qualms about selling Godfrey.

Asked if he thought Everton would be open to selling Godfrey, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think so. I don’t think he has hit the heights we expected when he left Norwich.

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“Personally, I really felt he was one of the up and coming stars, the younger players there, that would have thrived. It seems he has just had a very inconsistent period at Everton. It’s not been the start we all thought he would be.

“That progression in his career hasn’t been there. We thought he’d go on to bigger and better things.

“I think Everton would look at selling a number of players after what has happened this year. They’d make that move easier to get rid of some of these players. Maybe they’ll look elsewhere.

“There are a lot of changes that need to happen at Everton. Maybe some players haven’t turned out to be the up and coming stars we thought they would be.”

Godfrey has played 27 times across all competitions this season.

He has a total of 84 Premier League appearances under his belt.

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