Dwight McNeil has sent a brilliant message to Everton teammate Ben Godfrey after the Toffees won 2-0 against Burnley on Saturday afternoon (16 December) in the Premier League at Turf Moor.
It was Godfrey’s first start in the Premier League this season. The England defender has struggled for games this season, but the door opened for him as Jarrd Brathwaite missed the game through suspension.
He took the opportunity with both hands and produced a fantastic performance, where he made a terrific goal-line clearance in the first half.
Godfrey took to Instagram after the game, and wrote: “Boys are on fire, Loved every second of it. Away support was toppp…. See u Tuesday.”
McNeil responded to his post and replied: “Love it our kid.”
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Godfrey deserves more chances
Everton will face Fulham in the Carabao Cup next and Sean Dyche should use Godfrey in defence after such a brilliant performance.
The 25-year-old should be bubbling with enthusiasm and will be looking forward to getting more opportunities.
Brathwaite has been brilliant this season and he has forged a strong partnership alongside James Tarkowski at the heart of defence. When a centre-back partnership flourishes, managers usually do not like to hamper the combination.
It is quite unfortunate that Godfrey has missed games as a result. But he has impressed Dyche in training and has kept himself physically fit.
In recent weeks, Godfrey has been linked with a move away from the club. Several Premier League clubs are reportedly keen to sign him, and there are suggestions that Godfrey could consider leaving the club as well.
Dyche will not want to lose a quality player like Godfrey, but he needs to find a way to play him regularly. The Toffees are on a roll at the moment, and they have picked up four wins in a row in the Premier League.
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