Matthew James Godden has had quite the career on paper. Released by Scunthorpe in the EFL after five yours, Godden dropped down to the likes of Brigg Town and Gainsborough Trinity before establishing himself at Ebsfleet where he was highly regarded and being looked at by many a EFL club. With stats between 2014-16 of 70 games and 35 goals it’s not difficult to see why. He had one hell of a season terrorising the league’s defences scoring 20 league goals and Darren Sarll pulled a masterstroke. But as is the problem now, you have a season like that and you bring admirers. Here I will analyse the options Godden and Stevenage have.
OPTION ONE: CHARLTON ATHLETIC
Has been a massively rumoured move for Godden and it is apparently Godden’s preferred option if he was to move. A £1.5 million pound bid has alerted Charlton’s interest and Wallace (Stevenage chairman) and Sarll have already said it would have to be a bit of magnitude to take him away. Robinson denies the interest which in the football world means he’s interested. Charlton usually play with one centre forward which plays right into Godden’s backyard. However, he would have to adapt to the nature of the league very quickly and Godden can be easily bullied sometimes and that would need to change if he was to move. Plus Godden would not be first option up front and he would need to work harder and harder and change a lot of his game to be first or even second option.
SECOND OPTION: BRISTOL ROVERS
Bristol Rovers have publicly admitted they have made bids that have been rejected for the striker. Bristol Rovers are desperate for a striker and need to be ruthless side and in many ways Godden would bring those elements. However, Godden, like I’ve said, is very easily bullied on the field at times and with the side Bristol Rovers are he would be thrown into that situation a lot Vs a defender. Godden just moved to Stevenage so it would be a pain for him to move all the way to Bristol to try and force he’s way onto the bench.
THIRD OPTION: IPSWICH TOWN
Godden is clinical and a good striker – no one part of me or anyone can doubt that, but he’s still finding himself as a striker So going up to the championship would be career suicide, however, because of the man McCarthy is, he would trust him in the starting lineup. He would score but he would be running before he can crawl.
OPTION FOUR: PETERBOROUGH
Peterborough would probably be ideal for Godden out of all the club’s interested but they now have an awful lot of options and the club refuse to pay the valuation so it’s highly unlikely now but could be revisited.
FINAL OPTION: STAY AT STEVENAGE
Godden flourished at the club last season and staying would just make sense. He scored a lot because of the tactics Sarll likes to play. He has friends here, he can still further he’s career at Stevenage, he will certainly score goals this year and he will be playing. Staying just makes sense and Stevenage are building something and Godden should be a part of that but he could be tempted away.