Why Tottenham would be wise to reignite interest in Ben Godfrey
However, the Lilywhites didn’t push too hard to sign the 21-year-old centre-back this summer and with Norwich also keen to keep hold of one of their rising stars upon promotion to the Premier League, the transfer saga ended with Godfrey staying put at Carrow Road.
The York-born centre-back was an ever-present at the heart of the defence for the Canaries in their triumphant campaign in the Championship the last term and critics would have certainly pointed to his unproven abilities at the highest level when several Premier League clubs came calling for his services earlier this summer.
Godfrey, though, has silenced his critics with a stunning start to life in the top-flight and, while Daniel Farke’s side have looked a tad vulnerable at the back in the opening stages of the season, the 21-year-old has impressed one and all with his consistently solid displays.
And he would probably have had his first goal of the Premier League, only to see his header bounce back off the post in the narrow 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Chelsea.
Nevertheless, Godfrey’s strong start to his Premier League career has already earned him rave reviews, with an England U-21 call-up coming as a just reward for his rich vein of form in the top-flight. The centre-back was even handed the captain’s armband as the Young Lions beat Kosovo during the recent international break.
To put things into perspective, Godfrey is likely to have made himself a more marketable asset after proving his abilities in the top-flight and it should be a no-brainer for Spurs to reignite their interest in the 21-year-old centre-back.
Godfrey, who boasts of an impressive pass completion rate of 90.2 thus far in the Premier League, has carved out a reputation for himself as one of the nation’s most exciting centre-back prospects and one would expect Spurs to keep a closer eye on him following his promising start to lie in the top-flight.
Surely, the 21-year-old would have propelled himself higher up the wishlist in North London and Spurs can now be assured that he is a centre-back with the talent and the potential to play his trade at the highest level.
With a brand new contract at Carrow Road and Premier League experience in his CV, Spurs are likely to have to pay a higher ransom for Godfrey next summer than they would have needed to this time around.
Despite coming out of their miserly habits to spend heavily on Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon, Spurs still have plenty of gaps to plug at the back.
A new right-back continues to be a priority after the departure of Kieran Trippier but Pochettino might as well start looking for a new centre-back, with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen both out of contract next summer.
Davinson Sanchez hasn’t looked too solid and even if the manager remains keen to continue with the Colombian, he would still need to bring another centre-back into the ranks to maintain the right kind of balance.
Spurs, of course, have Juan Foyth but he is still relatively young and not quite the finished article.
Godfrey, too, has plenty of room for improvement if he is to hit great heights in the Premier League in the future but, going by the little that we have seen of him in the top-flight, the 21-year-old has the technical abilities and the physicality to evolve into a quality defender.
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That said, Spurs reigniting their interest in the Norwich City starlet would help them solve a key issue at the back.