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Paul Robinson raves about Everton defender Ben Godfrey

Everton defeated Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor on Saturday evening (16 December) in the Premier League to pick up their fourth win in a row. 

Amadou Onana opened the scoring and Michael Keane added another in the first half as the Toffes earned all three points.

As a result of this victory, Everton have now moved to 16th in the league table. The Toffees have also kept four clean sheets in a row.

BBC pundit Paul Robinson has showered heaps of praise on Ben Godfrey who started the game.

In the absence of Jarrad Branthwaite, Sean Dyche used a five-man defence with both Godfrey and Keane getting the nod alongside James Tarkowski.

In the first half, Godfrey made a stunning goalline clearance, and Robinson was thrilled by that effort. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Robinson said that it was a “brilliant” effort,  adding that it was “one of the best” clearances from Godfrey.

“We all tune into Match of the Day to watch goals and assists and that is one of the best clearances you’ll see from Ben Godfrey,” said Robinson, as shared by BBC Sports.

“That was brilliant. His awareness. When he slides across the front of Amdouni you think it can only go one place – in the net. But he manages to hook his foot around it and clear it.”

Uncertain future

Godfrey has badly struggled for regular games under Dyche this season, but he has impressed in his first start for his club this season.

The 25-year-old has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park in the January transfer window, but Dyche may change his plans after this impressive performance.

At the moment, Dyche cannot bring him into the first team thanks to the blossoming partnership of Tarkowski and Branthwaite. But he is a class player and needs to play regularly, otherwise, he will be overlooked yet again by Gareth Southgate for the England national team.

Dyche will have a tough decision to make, but Godfrey can hope to retain his place against Fulham next week at Goodison Park.

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