Newcastle Again Linked With Top Welsh Star

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, 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?

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 27, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1


  • JGreaves

    Apr 27, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    would rather have Scott Dann or Roger Johnson from b’ham.

    He looks like Paul Ince on that photo :L

  • toon_fanatic

    Apr 27, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #3

    why not..he is free…twice in chmpionship team of the year…which reflect his consistency to produce good preformance…give him decent deal as a backup…so for CB we have willo,colo,staylor,a.williams

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Apr 27, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Watched this fella twice this season and he is the real deal. Would be a superb signing and hoefully a replacement for Perch!

  • NorseMag

    Apr 27, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Fullbacks, wingers and strikers please. 2 of each.

    Then maybe another defensive mid.

    THEN maybe another central def.

  • Stuart

    Apr 27, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #6

    I wouldnt say we have that much cover for CB Roshan. At the minute we have Taylor, Colo and Willo.

    Theres no point including Campbell because he’s useless, and the same with Kadar as he’s always injured.

    I’m not sure if this is the lad we should get though, don’t know much about him. Worrying that we’re looking at alot of championship players though.

    Surely we should be looking higher up?


    Apr 27, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #7

    where did u get that he was free? Isnt he contracted to Swansea til 2013
    Still think a 1-2 million bid would get him if they dont get promoted think it would be a good buy imo

  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 27, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Looking at it positively, if we’re looking at center backs – who should be way way way down our priority list – then maybe we are planning to bring in a LOT of new faces.

    Colo has played pretty much every game this year… The lad needs a break some times

    I do think we do need a big, strong, brute of a center back, in the vidic, samuel mould who’s not afraid to get stuck in.

  • Stuart

    Apr 27, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #9

    If we’re going to sign a CB I reckon Samba is the lad to go for, will be easy if Blackburn get relegated, would still be possible if not.

  • toon_fanatic

    Apr 27, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #10

    my mistake he is not free..contracted until 2013 as u said (=…but can make a free deal here involving perch swap deal…lol


    Apr 27, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #11

    I agree Samba would be a better option but would cost more.

    haha free deal for Perch…I’d go for that any day of the week but are the Welsh club that daft? We could offer Perch to Blackburn as part exhcange for Samba…Blackburn owners know nothing about football and they might like the name Perch!

  • NufcGlen

    Apr 27, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #12

    I think it would be a good enough deal.
    If he’s good enough we could get some circulation in that defense.

  • sean-g

    Apr 27, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #13

    not the sort of centre back we need at all. Him and Collocini would get murdered by the likes of Carrol and Drogba. We need a tall defender who will win every header.

  • youngtoonfan

    Apr 27, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #14

    Would love to have this guy to play with Collocini.
    CB – Williams
    LB – Wendt
    RW – Gervinho
    LW – Taarabt/N’Zogbia/Lens (1 of these)
    ST – Gameiro/Sturridge/Sow/Sighorrson (2 of these) preferably Gameiro and Sturridge but i’m pretty sure Sturridge won’t come, so maybe gameiro and sow.

  • toonarmy1986

    Apr 27, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Why do you rate Steven Taylor so highly Ed? He is a shocking defender and in the same mould as Bramble by continuing to make the same school boy errors over and over again without ever looking like getting them out of his game.


    Apr 27, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #16

    Would buy his a cover. Who knows he might b another gem

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 27, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #17

    NICE LIST THERE YOUNG TOON FAN I would like to c all of them in our team


    Apr 27, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #18

    Him as a*

  • lewytoon

    Apr 27, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #19

    we should sign douglas from fc twente is is an excellent centreback!
    we should sign:
    douglas, cb ,fc twente
    gervinho, rw/st, lille
    the french lb we bidded for (forgot name)
    lavezzi, st, lavezzi
    larrson, rm,birmingham
    kyle walker, rb, tottenham

  • wynsleap

    Apr 27, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Wouldn’t go for Williams.
    Agree with Stuart that we seem to be looking at too many players from the lower division.
    Buy too many Championship players and you end up with a Championship team.
    Would rather opt for Samba or Hangeland (although Colo still has to be our No. 1 – the guy’s been fantastic this year).

  • Crawfordladd17

    Apr 27, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #21

    We need a Centre Back we only have S.Taylor Coloccini and Williamson and is his contracts not up in the summer?

  • Crawfordladd17

    Apr 27, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #22

    Look at this for a Team
    GK Soderburg
    RB Perch
    CB Tozer
    CB Campbell
    LB Kadar
    CDM Alan Smith(c)
    RM Donaldson
    LM Ranger
    CAM Edmundsson
    ST Kuqi
    ST Xicso
    Now that is a champions league side 🙂

  • shabunkin

    Apr 27, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #23

    steven taylor would make an awesome right back , buy 2 centre halfs , 2 proper forwards , left back (hopefully just cover) 2 wingers and a new turnstyle operator on east stand gate 42 , shes gotta be over a hundred …

  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 27, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #24

    sean-g – i disagree…i think hes the more of sort of defender we need…es not tall but very good in the air, but more importantly, hes quick with alot of meat of him.

    Also can also play it abit too. Him Colo and Jose would have a great time playing keepy uppy by our corner flag giving everyone a heart attack as they do.


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