It seems that Newcastle have been tracking Swansea center back Ashley Williams for some time now.
Ashley Williams – very good center-back
We’ve watched Ashley Williams a few times this season, and he looks a good player, and may be one of those who can make the step up to the Premier League.
Alan Pardew may well bring in a couple of players from the lower leagues this season, but we wonder if center-back is a position we need strengthening.
Steven Taylor cannot make the team at the moment, and we also have Hungarian Tamas Kadar, but the 21 year-old seems to have disappeared lately, as he went on loan to Huddersfield in January.
But he’s not been in the Huddersfield squad for a couple of months now at least, and we have to assume he’s out injured again with a hamstring problem.
That’s what he’s said to have in the Premier League Injury table by physio.com, and the lad is expected back on May 1st – which is next week.
Wales international Williams has 306 first team club appearances for Stockport and Swansea City, and was recently voted into the PFA Championship team of the year.
He has played 24 times for Wales, and the 6′ tall defender has been said to be one of the best defenders not playing in the Premier League.
Of course he could make England’s yop league with Swansea in May, but we wonder if center-back is an area Alan Pardew wants to strengthen this summer.
Coloccini and Willaimson have generally been very solid although they’ve had some off days at Bolton and that first half at home to Arsenal, in particular.
But they will both be better for this season’s efforts too.
Ashley began his career at West Bromwich Albion as a youth player and went to Hednesford Town, after being released at 16.
Williams then joined Stockport County (174 appearances and one goal) in December of 2003, and eventually moved to Swansea in March of 2008, and since then he’s been outstanding in 133 games and 8 goals for the Welsh side.
It may be difficult if Newcastle have Williamson and Williams in central defense – well at least for those TV commentators. 😀
Williams has only recently signed a new deal at Swansea and is not therefore a free agent, and would cost a transfer fee in the summer, but what would be we have no idea.
Do Newcastle need strengthening at center back, and would Williams be a good buy for Newcastle?