By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

25th Nov, 2020 | 7:35pm

Exclusive: Campbell shares verdict on Godfrey performance in Everton win v Fulham

We’re delighted to welcome former Everton striker Kevin Campbell as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Goodison Park…

Kevin Campbell believes that Ben Godfrey looked comfortable for Everton as he was deployed as a centre back in the Toffees’ win against Fulham. 

The summer signing had been starting at right-back in the absence of Seamus Coleman but he was given a chance to shine in his preferred role at Craven Cottage.

Campbell claims that Godfrey did ‘fine’ and that the switch to a five at the back system will help Everton to deal with pacey attackers.

Speaking to Goodison News, Campbell said: “I think that when Everton play a flat back four they can be exposed by pace. So when you do play five at the back with three centre-halves you’ve got someone who can clear things up if the ball comes over the top.

“Ben Godfrey looked pretty comfortable until the second half where Fulham made adjustments and Everton’s energy dropped a little bit as Fulham came on top of them. I thought Ben Godfrey did fine.”

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During the 97 minutes Godfrey played at Craven Cottage he stood out in Carlo Ancelotti’s side and helped his new side to a team win.

According to Wyscout, against Fulham Godfrey won 75 per cent of his total defensive duels while also winning 73 per cent of his aerial duels which shows he is good with the ball on the ground or in the air.

One hundred per cent of his slide tackles were successful and he made four clearances as he helped to push back the relentless Fulham attack in the closing stages of the game.

After Yerry Mina’s poor display against the Cottagers, we could see Godfrey start at centre-back again even if Ancelotti elects to switch back to a four-man defence against Leeds United this weekend.

At 22-years-old Godfrey still has a lot of developing to do but the early signs are there for the young defender as Everton look to have a decent new centre back on their books.

In other Everton news, we believe that the Toffees made the right call in loaning out Theo Walcott.