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Ben Godfrey: In Focus

27 March 2020

Another Norwich City defender stepping up to his first season in the English topflight, Ben Godfrey has held his own in many testing fixtures.

From playing the world champions Liverpool in the first game of the season, to coming up against fellow promoted side Sheffield United, here are Ben Godfrey’s top three games in the Premier League for the 2019-2020 season. ⬇

3. Chelsea (H)

A five-goal thriller in just the third game of the season, it was quite the match to be a part of for Godfrey. His third-best game this season was an ideal response to welcoming Chelsea to Carrow Road for the first time since January 2018.

Filled with tackles, interceptions and clearances, Godfrey came as the textbook defender, but fancied himself in more attacking roles in parts of the game. In the second-half, Godfrey chose to make a surge forward, heading for the Chelsea goal in the quest for the equaliser, his cross deflecting out for a corner.

He wasn’t done there though. Still determined to find that goal, the Academy graduate leapt into the air to nod the ball towards goal, the crossbar painfully stopping him by a matter of centimetres.

The loss to Frank Lampard’s side saw Ben Godfrey given a 7.02 rating from Whoscored.com.

2. Sheffield United (A)

City’s most recent game, and Godfrey’s second-best in the Premier League this season, the centre-half earnt himself a 7.06 rating from Whoscored.com.

Doing his bit to ensure the Blades’ could only find a single goal, Godfrey put his body on the line, throwing himself into tackles, interceptions, blocks, the works.

Not only defensive, but much like against Chelsea, Godfrey saught to take his chances as an attacker. An Emi Buendia cross found Godfrey, who bullet-headered it towards the target. It was stopped by Dean Henderson, who went on to make save after save on the goal-line to deny City.

Although another unfortunate result, it was quite the performance from the centre-half.

1. Everton (A)

A big win for City back in November, and a big game for Godfrey.

It was a solid defensive display from the centre-half, who threw himself into crucial last-ditch blocks and interceptions to ensure the Canaries would keep a clean sheet in their 2-0 win over the Merseyside team.

One block of such importance saw Cenk Tosun’s effort on goal in the 18-yard box fly away from any danger after ricocheting off the defender.

This huge performance was Godfrey’s top-rated Premier League performance all season, according to Whoscored.com, who gave him a 7.23 rating for his defensive showing.


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