This week, it’s all been about Max Aarons in terms of transfer speculation with the Mirror reporting that Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea are all keeping tabs on our superstar right back.
However, another young English defender has also caught the eye of late, with speculation, again in the Mirror, suggesting that Ben Godfrey is being watched by Arsenal and Manchester United, with both Premier League giants reportedly going to send scouts to watch Ben in the East Anglian Derby on Sunday.
As well as Premier League interest, the Mirror also report that Lyon and RB Leipzig are also interested in the 21 year old centre-back, who has seized his chance in the Norwich first team after patiently waiting for the first half of the season. Injury to Timm Klose has provided his chance and his form and that of defensive partner, Christoph Zimmermann have meant that experienced club Captain, Grant Hanley is being kept on the sub’s bench after early season injury problems of his own.
Daniel Farke said last summer that he thinks Godfrey has all the attributes to become a “world class centre-back” and his recent form hasn’t gone unnoticed at international level either, with the Daily Mail reporting that Ben is on the verge of an England U21 call-up after impressing Aidy Boothroyd.
Whatever happens next, Ben is a big part of the Norwich squad and the fact that he signed a new five year deal last summer suggests that if he were to be sold, he would cost a significant transfer fee.
Both Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis have also signed long-term deals to protect the club but we would have to be prepared for Premier League clubs looking to pinch our best players if we don’t earn promotion this season.
If we do get promoted, then I’m confident we’ll keep all three lads, as a season in the Premier League would only benefit all parties.
Let’s be honest though, paper talk about your players only happens if they’re any good.