An replace has emerged on Newcastle United’s curiosity in signing Everton centre-back Ben Godfrey…
What’s the speak?
According to The Mirror, PIF are plotting a brand new Magpies bid for the England worldwide after failing to land him in January.
The report claims that the defender, who the Toffees signed from Norwich for £25m in 2020, is excessive up on the membership’s record of targets.
Would Godfrey be a very good signing?
Eddie Howe can discover Newcastle’s new Fabricio Coloccini in a deal to signal the previous Canaries machine on the finish of the season.
Coloccini was not the tallest of centre-backs, at 6 foot, and Godfrey is inbuilt the identical mould – standing at 6 foot himself. As an alternative of towering above strikers to dominate them within the air, they had been and are ready to make use of their studying of the sport and athleticism to chop out assaults and defend their very own objective.
The Argentine Toon icon has a profession common 1.6 tackles per sport together with 0.6 blocks, while solely profitable 1.3 aerial battles per match. Godfrey, in the meantime, has a career average of 1.3 tackles, 1.0 blocks and a couple of.0 aerial battles received per sport, which suggests – together with their shared peak – that they share an analogous type of defending by way of the volumes of particular defensive actions they full.
He additionally has the potential to observe in Coloccini’s footsteps as a pacesetter. Daniel Farke tipped him to turn into England’s captain sooner or later, while he has captained Norwich, England U21’s and Everton at factors in his brief profession up to now. This implies that he has the management qualities to don the armband at St. James’ Park, simply because the Argentine gem did for many years.
Godfrey has additionally proven that he can carry out at Premier League stage. Well-known Toffees fan Tony Bellew known as him a “revelation” final season and present Everton attacker Andros Townsend beforehand claimed that the 24-year-old has “massive potential”.
Final time period, Godfrey averaged a powerful SofaScore rating of 7.03 for the Blues, profitable 66% of his particular person battles and making 2.9 tackles and interceptions per sport. This reveals that he has the flexibility to carry out constantly to a excessive stage within the top-flight, which is why he could be a wonderful signing for the Magpies.
He has additionally proven off his versatility while enjoying for the Toffees. The defender has been deployed at left-back and right-back, while he performed as a holding midfielder for Norwich earlier than Daniel Farke transformed him into the centre-back he’s now. Which means that he might be a supervisor’s dream for Howe as he would have the ability to use him in a large number of how.
PIF should now work exhausting to land Newcastle’s Coloccini 2.0…
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