Everton debutant shows he’s not out of place

As Everton supporters continue to digest a frantic and controversial Merseyside derby, one player who showed he could have a bright future at Goodison Park is Ben Godfrey.

After going an early goal down Everton were very much under the cosh for the first 20 minutes or so and then lost their captain and right-back Seamus Coleman.

That was a big blow and it looked for a moment that everything was going wrong for the Toffees and they were on the way to a hammering.

New signing Ben Godfrey came on in place of Coleman and faced the daunting task of dealing with Liverpool’s best attacking player Sadio Mane.

The Senegal player is probably the best forward in the Premier League and he was in great form yesterday putting James Rodrguez and Coleman under great pressure.

The former Norwich City man brought in for around £25 million on transfer deadline day, was making his debut in a derby with the Blues a goal down and under serious pressure.

It was certainly a tough ask for the young England Under-21 defender. Mane got the better of him a few times but he also responded well and dealt with the threat of the Reds forward well.

He showed good anticipation and obviously possesses plenty of pace to recover whenever caught out of position momentarily.

It does look as though Coleman might have a significant hamstring injury, so Godfrey could well be filling in for quite a while.

One other player who had a superb match but perhaps not as eye-catching as others, was Godfrey’s opposite number on the left hand side Lucas Digne.

The Frenchman has become one of, if not the most consistently excellent performers in this Everton team. He is reliable in defence and a constant creative threat going forward.

He had another outstanding game yesterday defending very well and offering a constant attacking outlet on the left.

His cross for Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s equalising second-half goal was a peach but typical of the quality of his balls in from the wing.

Apparently even Jurgen Klopp knew it was a goal when the ball left Digne’s left boot as he said he heard the response from the Blues bench anticipating a certain goal, which is of course what happened as Calvert-Lewin rose to head in the Frenchman’s cross.

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Having a full-back of such quality and consistency is critical to success in the modern game and while Godfrey isn’t a natural right-back, he is also very comfortable on the ball so might be able to offer a similar level of creative threat from that flank.