Why Bristol City are right to land Ashley Williams on free transfer
According to a report in Sun, Bristol City are set to land Wales international defender Ashley Williams on a free transfer after he was released by Everton in the summer.
The Robins are offering him a 12-month long deal, basically for the course of this season. Championship rivals Reading and Wigan have also been in the race, but it looks like Lee Johnson’s men will complete the swoop. (h/t Sun)
Williams has already rejected offers from Turkey, middle East and MLS as he seeks to stay in the UK and play his football (h/t Sun). The Wales captain, who is going to be 35 this week, is still one of the first men on the team sheet in the national side.
On the other hand, Bristol City have been on the prowl to sign a centre-back after they sold Adam Webster to Brighton in a cash-rich £22m deal (h/t Sun). They haven’t made a very good start to the season as well.
Here’s why the Robins signing Williams could turn out to be a massive coup for them:
Williams’ experience and quality would come in handy
Ashley Williams is a high-quality defender who is capable of playing on either side of central defence, or as a sweeper in a back three formation.
The Wales international has played over 200 Premier League and over 150 Championship games. In terms of experience, he is right up there. The soon-to-be 35-year-old still has it in him to make a positive impact for whichever team he plays for during this season.
Williams is one of those old-fashion centre-backs who prefers to clear the danger first, before looking to play out from the back. He is physically strong and doesn’t mind aerial duels against strikers. He is a natural threat from set-pieces and does read the game well to make vital defensive interceptions.
With so much quality and Championship experience under his belt, it won’t be a surprise to see the Wales international succeed if and when he signs for Bristol City.
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Thus, we can conclude by saying that the Robins are right to beat the competition to sign Ashley Williams on a free transfer. This signing would solidify their back line, that could help them challenge for a top-six finish.