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Former Manchester United defender turned popular soccer expert Rio Ferdinand has praised the Everton defense and particularly Ben Godfrey following his latest win.
Everton have moved to fourth place in the Premier League table following their 2-1 win against Arsenal at Goodison Park last weekend. After a slump in form, the Toffees have now posted three wins in a row, beating teams like Chelsea, Leicester City and Arsenal.
Ferdinand feels that Everton’s resurgence stems from their strong base at the back. With Lucas Digne and Seamus Coleman injured, Carlo Ancelotti was forced to use players like Mason Holgate and Godfrey in the back, and he clicked them.
Godfrey, who joined the Toffees during the summer transfer window for a reported fee of £ 25 million from Norwich, has stood out in recent games. Ferdinand has called him “outstanding” and said he kept Arsenal forward Nicholas Pepe in his pocket with a £ 72 million rating throughout the game.
“You have two centrals playing as wingers. Ben Godfrey has been absolutely exceptional. The pace he has shown in the last two games… was against Timo Werner, Chelsea, the last game against Arsenal. Ferdinand said on his Youtube channel.
“You watch the rhythm of the child. Pepe, £ 72 million, I’m sure Mr Godfrey would be looking in his pocket and thinking ‘where is he? Someone is causing a little friction in my pocket. “
Ferdinand is absolutely successful. Godfrey stood out against the Gunners. In fact, people like Holgate, Michael Keane and Yerry Mina stepped up and the system seems to have worked in their favor.
It now remains to be seen whether Everton can maintain this momentum and consolidate their position in the top four. It won’t be easy, but now they have full confidence.
Everton will face Manchester United next in the EFL Cup. They return to Premier League action on Boxing Day when they take on the latest Sheffield United.