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Spurs signing Ben Godfrey can allay fears over Jan Verthongen

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Spurs signing Ben Godfrey can allay fears over Jan Verthongen

Spurs are being linked with a move for Norwich City defender, Ben Godfrey, with The Express reporting Jose Mourinho is keen on a £50m move.

It would be quite the sum for Spurs to shell out on the 22-year-old. Godfrey is enjoying his first season in the Premier League. Despite Norwich propping up the table, the defender has once again impressed.

Ben Godfrey

Ben Godfrey has been one of the standout players for Norwich this season. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

18 Premier League appearances for Daniel Farke’s men have given Godfrey the chance to strut his stuff in the top-flight. However, a knee injury has kept the defender from playing much of late.

But for Spurs, the signing of Godfrey could solve a long-term problem for the club.

That problem comes in the form of Jan Verthongen. It is being widely reported that the Belgian could be on his way out of the club. Indeed, Ajax are one of the clubs thought to be keen on landing Verthongen.

A solid addition who can only improve

Few players have enjoyed a rise quite like Godfrey has. In the 2017/18 season, Godfrey was playing his football with Shrewsbury Town.

Following that success, he returned to Norwich and was immediately placed at the heart of the defence by Daniel Farke.


It proved a shrewd move from Farke, as Godrey helped the Canaries win the Championship and land themselves a place back in the Premier League last year.

Ben Godfrey

NORWICH, ENGLAND – JANUARY 18: Callum Wilson of AFC Bournemouth is challenged by Ben Godfrey of Norwich City during the Premier League match between Norwich City and AFC Bournemouth at Carrow Road on January 18, 2020 in Norwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Manchester United have previously been credited with an interest in Godfrey, too. 

That sort of interest, as well as the speed at which he has developed, proves that Godfrey is a player who clubs like Spurs should have their eye on.

Verthongen replacement

While Jan Verthonghen is a fine footballer in his own right and has been excellent for Spurs, there’ll come a time when he has to be replaced.

If the current rumblings turn out to be true, he’ll need replacing sooner rather than later. Godfrey, then, would be ideal to step into the Spurs squad.

At just 22, he has ample time on his side to further hone his craft. Crucially, Toby Alderweireld has stayed with Jose Mourinho’s men. This in itself would benefit Godfrey, who could once again learn quickly from one of the best.

With Norwich looking like being relegated this term, it seems only right, then, for Spurs to make their move for one of the countries most promising defenders.

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