Norwich City defender Ben Godfrey could become the first signing of the Jose Mourinho era at Tottenham, according to reports in from Football Insider this week.
It is understood the Portuguese manager is keen on bringing in homegrown talent to help with their quota and a new centre-back is definitely on the shopping list due to current centre-backs, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld stalling on new contracts.
History and Statistics
Godfrey signed from York City in 2016 and gained vital experience in his development before finally breaking into the starting XI last December. He quickly became an integral cog in Daniel Farke’s promotion-winning side and made 31 league appearances, including 26 consecutive starts.
The 21-year-old’s run in the squad has continued, featuring in every Premier League game for Norwich this campaign and despite providing nothing going forward, he makes up for this as a rock in the centre of defence. He has managed 15 tackles, 18 interceptions and 73 clearances.
His disciplinary record for a centre back is always second to none, only receiving one yellow card so far this season. The defender has also managed 40 headed clearances and 88 recoveries, impressive stats for a centre back.
Insider reports that Tottenham made a move for the defender back in the summer, yet the youngster signed a new four-year deal with the club, committing himself to the Canaries until 2023. Godfrey stated back in June (via Norwich City), “I’m delighted to commit my future to such a great Club with ambitions and goals similar to mine in terms of staying at the highest level and I’m looking forward to next season.”
Manchester United were also reported to be interested in the central defender and was recommended to them by Rio Ferdinand. Yet, United’s interest in the England u21 international will now likely be finished due to the arrival of Harry Maguire in the summer.
The likelihood of both Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen staying at Tottenham next summer looks slim due to both player’s contracts entering their final six months, meaning they can leave for free in the summer. If one or both were to leave next year then recruitment will be absolutely necessary and young Godfrey fits the bill.
Norwich City currently sit low in the depths of 19th and lost a crucial relegation six-pointer to Southampton on Wednesday night. Interest from a ‘top-six’ club could certainly spark Godfrey in considering a potential move and Norwich City’s current position in the league surely won’t help their cause in holding onto their rising star.