Sky Sports is reporting that Newcastle United looking again at Swansea City defender Ashley Williams, and we’ve been linked with this player a number of times, the first time being two years ago, but Ashley isn’t exactly a youngster these days, and turns 28 next month.
Ashley Williams – very good Welsh International center-back
Williams played very well in the Premier League last season for Swansea City, and if this report is true, it may be that Newcastle are be turning away from Douglas of FC Twente, and maybe they are getting a little tired of the antics of the Brazilian.
And Williams is like Fabricio Coloccini, in that he hardly ever misses a game through injury, and since he joined Swansea City from Stockpot County on loan in March of 2008, he has made 193 appearances for the Welsh club with 11 goals in just over four years – not too bad in terms of games played.
There are still two years left on his contract in South Wales, and while he would be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle, even at 28, he may not come cheap.
And we also have to remember Newcastle have two top young center-backs coming through the ranks, in soon to arrive Curtis Good, the 19 year-old Australian, and 17 year-old local lad Remie Streete, who has impressed in the Newcastle Reserve side team last season.
Remie injured his ankle in the 4-2 defeat against Chelsea in March, and was out for the rest of the season, although he’s on his way back to fitness now.
In fact if Newcastle can get Curtis Good playing, and he looks impressive, it’s possible Newcastle may not bother to bring in another center-back this season, although that may be a little risky, given what happened last year with our center-backs.
We’d guess that Newcastle would be willing to bid a little more for Williams than they initially bid for Douglas, and maybe it would be £4M, but we doubt that Swansea would let Ashley go for that amount, as he’s a huge player for the Swans.
What do you think?