Everton signed Ashley Williams from Swansea City last week so I spoke to one of their fans – @DaviesDesign_ who writes for Read Swansea – to get his views on the player.
When Ashley Williams signed for the Swans in April 2008 you just knew that we had a potential future captain. I’m sure you’ve all seen the stat that shows he has played 28,252 out of 28980 of Swansea’s minutes since winning promotion from League One back in 2008. That pretty much sum’s him up.
His consistency and professionalism over the years has seen him rise to the top level along with the Swans, Mr Dependable and Captain Fantastic were nicknames going around the stands. He was in the defence which saw us keep 13 clean sheets in 2014-15, one shy of Golden Glove Winner Joe Hart.
One season later we had conceded 20 goals from set pieces alone and although that cannot be down to one man alone, his standard of performance had dipped – whether it was because his head had already gone by the end of September, he just wasn’t the same.
Leader of men, is one phrase I constantly use. Williams will give his all for the badge and for the majority of fans that is all that you can ask for, but he is prone to the odd defensive error. His ability to adapt the “Swansea way” when he joined saw him become comfortable with passing out from the back.
In general the fans are quite split on his departure, some will say that he is irreplaceable in all aspects – while the other half will tell you that although we can replace his capabilities on the pitch, it will be difficult to replace the leadership he has shown over the years.
Worth the money? this is simple, every penny.
Oh and watch out for his long diagonal driven passes, they’re a thing of beauty…