Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is now ready to go after Ashley Williams of Swansea.
Ashley Williams – Swansea’s top center-back
It’s not the first time that Newcastle have been linked with Williams, and former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton was a fan of the 31 times capped Welsh International.
Williams has been impressive in the Premier League this season, and it’s the very first time he’s played at the top level in England, and seems to have taken it in his stride.
And certainly Swansea have a good defense, having conceded only 23 goals in their first 20 matches.
The 27-year-old was at center-back for Swansea at Villa Park yesterday when they beat Aston Villa 2-0, and that was their ninth clean sheet of the season.
But Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers will hardly like to lose a player who has been a stalwart at Swansea since signing from Stockport County in the summer of 2008 for just £400K.
So it seems that Rogers has put an £8M transfer fee on Williams, which seems a bit high.
But unfortunately everybody and their mother know that Newcastle United are desperate to sign a center-back in January, and the Tyneside club may have to pay over the odds, if they want a top class center-back, which is what Ashley Williams is.
Williams began his career at the West Bromwich Albion Youth Academy in 2001, and moved to Stockport County in 2003, where he played 176 times with 4 goals.
Williams reads the game very well and his positional sense is excellent – he very rarely gets injured and he’s played 166 times for Swansea with 11 goals.
It will be a commentator’s nightmare if Newcastle sign Williams and partner him with Williamson in central defense. 😀
The other defender Newcastle are linked with in the Mirror is Curtis Davies of Birmingham City, but there’s two things about Curtis – he’s not good enough and he’s injury prone.
Apart from that we suppose he would be a good signing, but we don’t think he’s good enough for Newcastle, simple as that.
On the other hand, if we can get Ashley Williams for a decent fee, he would be a good buy and Newcastle can certainly double the wages he’s getting at Swansea, which are said to be of £15K/week.