Ben Godfrey is set for his full Everton debut this weekend, according to reports. That’s because Seamus Coleman has an ‘unknown’ return date.
This comes from the Liverpool Echo. They claim that Ben Godfrey is ‘braced’ for his full debut this weekend, having come on as a substitute against Liverpool on Saturday.
And the reason he came on against the Champions is the same reason he’s set to face Southampton – Seamus Coleman’s injury. The Everton captain went down in the first half, leading to Godfrey’s introduction at right-back.
It appears he’ll make his full debut out of position, too, as Everton say Coleman’s return date is ‘unknown’. His hamstring injury may prove to keep him out for a while, then.
But Godfrey will step up, much as he did in the Merseyside derby, it seems.
This certainly wasn’t how Everton planned things. Godfrey was signed as a centre-half but he may end up playing right-back for a little while.
But who knows? Perhaps learning another position like this proves beneficial in the long-run and helps Godfrey develop as a player. That will be the hope, anyway, as long as Everton can still perform with him there.
Tactically, it should be okay. James Rodriguez typically plays in front of the right-back but he’s not a defensive player. He’s always looking forward and Everton will want that. The further back he is, the less damage he can cause, after all.
So having a solidly defensive-minded right-back could work well, there, given he’ll likely have to take on quite a bit of defensive work down that flank.
We’d expect Everton to get through this unscathed, then.