With less than twenty-four hours remaining in the January transfer window, Everton has turned down an offer from AC Milan for defender Ben Godfrey.
Godfrey, who has been Everton’s fourth-choice centre defence this season, has only made three appearances for Sean Dyche’s team before this week.
These were against League Two Doncaster Rovers in the EFL Cup, against Sheffield United as an injured replacement, and at left back against Burnley in December, when Everton was having an issue with their defensive selection.
Godfrey seemed to be lower in the hierarchy at Goodison Park than both the controversial Michael Keane and the starting tandem of James Tarkowski and Jarrad Branthwaite.
But as the Everton team’s roster continues to thin, Godfrey was called up as a right defender for Tuesday night’s match against Fulham.
Dyche was obviously unimpressed with Nathan Patterson’s form since he benched him, leaving Ashley Young to step in on the right wing.
Godfrey assisted Everton in keeping a clean sheet at Craven Cottage, just as he did against Burnley, and once again prevented a goal with a vital last-ditch interception at the back post.
Pundits, reporters, and supporters praised Godfrey for his performance, which has spurred discussion over whether the team should try to retain him in the January transfer window.
This is mainly because Dyche only had one senior central midfield player available to him on Tuesday, with Amadou Onana joining Abdoulaye Doucoure, Andre Gomes, and Dele Alli on the sidelines. Idrissa Gueye has not yet returned from the Africa Cup of Nations. The team is becoming increasingly worn down as a result of the mounting injuries.
Godfrey may have a future at right-back given that both Seamus Coleman and Young are nearing the end of their careers and have already had several injuries this season, particularly in light of Patterson’s exclusion from the squad.
According to reports from last week, Milan was considering Godfrey because of his limited playing time at Everton, since they too were facing a defensive problem.
On social networking platform X, dependable Everton insider The Bobble claims, nevertheless, that the team has turned down a Serie A team’s offer to acquire Godfrey before this Thursday’s deadline.
Godfrey’s flexibility is said to have prompted Milan to inquire about his availability, given that the Rossoneri currently have a somewhat thin back line.
Due to their very small squad capacity, Everton is now unlikely to consent to a trade this late in the season, meaning Milan will lose out on targets like Lilian Brassier and Clement Lenglet.
If a deal doesn’t happen on deadline day, Godfrey is probably going to start for Everton against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.