Ben Godfrey has revealed his belief that Rafa Benitez’s appointment will be ‘very beneficial’ for Everton’s ambitions.
Benitez was controversially appointed as Everton’s latest manager at end of June – having previously managed Merseyside rivals – Liverpool, after Carlo Ancelotti decided to resign in order to return to Real Madrid as their manager after Zinedine Zidane’s exit.
Speaking to evertontv, Godfrey praised Benitez for his impressive football CV which “doesn’t lie”, having previously managed top European clubs like Liverpool alongside smaller clubs like Newcastle United.
Godfrey therefore was impressed by Benitez’s experience in the game, commenting: ““He has been in every situation you could imagine… and his knowledge of the game is unbelievable.”
The 23 year-old went on to explain that pre-season so far “has been about getting his ideas across and the way he likes to play.”
Having enjoyed a four week break before returning for pre-season training after featuring in England’s preliminary squad against Austria and Romania, despite missing out on the Euro 2020 squad, Godfrey revealed his pre-season plans has mainly centred on adapting to Benitez’s style on the pitch.
Godfrey added that he is already enjoying life under Benitez but believes that the Spaniard will be an important teacher for younger players, saying: “I have loved working with him and it is going to be very beneficial, especially for us younger players, to have someone like the boss around us and helping us learn.”
On communication between Benitez and players, Godfrey was delighted with how clear Benitez is because “there is no misunderstanding and you know your job,” in the team tactically.
As a fringe player in Gareth Southgate’s England squad, Godfrey also revealed his hopes that Benitez is someone who he can learn massively from and ensure his development continues to rise at club level and attract further attention from Southgate.
In the meantime, Godfrey remains grounded in knowledge that football doesn’t always go to plan, adding: “I know football doesn’t always go that way, so it’s important I put in the hard work and learn from people like the boss and, hopefully, it continues to do that.”
Having spent three weeks sat at the Premier League summit last season before collapsing to a 10th-placed finish, Godfrey noted that the Toffees’ form needs to improve with just two home wins in 2021 in the league so will be focused on improving his home performances this season.
Commenting on what his biggest aim of the 2021-22 season will be, Godfrey singled out home form and consistency as of importance, commenting: “It would be nice to fix that and make Goodison a fortress again.
“If we can achieve that consistency, I can’t make promises, but I hope it will help us get where we want to be.”
On personal targets, Godfrey revealed that his “all-round game has to improve” but believes that there is “so much more learning and hard work to do”, although he has vowed to “keep striving to improve everything.”
This campaign will be Godfrey’s second season with Everton after making 36 appearances in all competitions last season following a switch from Norwich City.