‘That’s why they Signed him’ – Exclusive: Bent raves about Everton man after rare sighting
The versatility of Everton defender Ben Godfrey is a key reason why they signed him, according to Darren Bent.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England striker delivered his verdict after the 22-year-old started at right-back against Southampton at the weekend.
The England under-21 international has played the majority of his career at centre-back but he replaced the injured Seamus Coleman at full-back against Liverpool on the 17th of October.
He then started the game against Southampton as the Toffees suffered their first defeat of the season at St. Mary’s.
Football Insider revealed earlier this month that Godfrey had joined Everton from Norwich City for an initial £25million with a potential further £5million in add-ons.
Asked by Football Insider what he made of Godfrey’s first Everton appearances, Bent said: “I think that’s probably why they signed him, because of his versatility.
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“We know he’s a centre-back by trade but I’m sure he fits in quite well.
“Defensively we know how much better they’ve been this season than previous seasons, they’ve still got Holgate to come back as well.
“For Godfrey, it’s an opportunity to get himself in the team, I’m sure he’d prefer to be playing centre-back but at the same time he might do really well there and end up adapting and playing there more so or not.
“This is the reason you sign certain players that can play across the backline because you never know when injuries might hit.”
Everton have not given a return date for Coleman as he continues to recover from his hamstring injury.
Carlo Ancelotti is also without Jonjoe Kenny who picked up an ankle injury in the Carabao Cup and Mason Holgate who has not featured at all this season.