The Welsh international, who spent the 2018-19 season on loan at Stoke City, is out of contract at Everton this summer but could get a new lease on life across the Pond.
Aston Villa and Huddersfield Town have also been credited with interest in Williams who played 33 league games for the Potters this season.
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1 Posted 29/04/2019 at 21:56:24
2 Posted 29/04/2019 at 23:28:44
Can we not file him away in the "to be forgotten" section along with OFM whose wages we are still paying.
3 Posted 29/04/2019 at 23:43:36
4 Posted 30/04/2019 at 02:37:31
5 Posted 30/04/2019 at 02:58:38
6 Posted 30/04/2019 at 06:53:19
Joking aside, sadly his performances stood out more than most, for the wrong reasons in what turned out to be a wretched season.
Time to move on.
7 Posted 30/04/2019 at 11:19:40
8 Posted 30/04/2019 at 11:45:40
Maybe he switched off once he became a multi-millionaire. I have seen worse in a blue shirt but he joins the likes of John Collins and Davey Klaassen in being good for another team but awful for us.
9 Posted 30/04/2019 at 12:21:12
10 Posted 30/04/2019 at 12:32:09
He did nothing for us. Good riddance.
11 Posted 30/04/2019 at 12:49:54
The 'get-rid' 'over-rated' 'sign someone with "proven PL experience"' were regular diatribes against Stones, and we see them today raise their head in relation to other young players like DCL and Richarlison.
Williams was just that, "proven PL player". A "solid, proper" defender.
Never fitted in, woeful on the ball, not quick enough, and arrogant — terrible, terrible signing.
12 Posted 30/04/2019 at 14:03:53
13 Posted 30/04/2019 at 15:39:10
I very much believe in ' the horses for courses ' analogy when it comes to Managers and players alike, but also think that once they join the Millionaires Club, not all, but many tend to their foot off the gas, in the knowledge that they will either get an attractive severance package, or get paid for not even being involved.
Hate to mention it, but I always admired Moyes for checking out a player thoroughly as to his suitability, although it didn't always work, Drenthe, Van der Meyde, Krøldrup, but to mention a few, being exceptions to the rule, but the intention was there. :-)
14 Posted 30/04/2019 at 16:33:34
15 Posted 30/04/2019 at 19:45:43
16 Posted 30/04/2019 at 19:48:52
Bring in a battle-tested Premier League defender for a reasonable price (12-million) as a short-term replacement for John Stones. And given that he was Captain of both Swansea and Wales, there was every expectation that he'd supply some much-needed leadership on the pitch.
Unfortunately, his skills went into decline very quickly - disappointing, but it happens. Far more baffling, however, was how he went from Captain material to a petulant shirker. And sadly, that's what I'll remember when I think about his ill-fated tenure with the club.
17 Posted 30/04/2019 at 19:58:25
18 Posted 30/04/2019 at 20:20:25
Sounds like we may need Cliff Richard to show up in his summer holiday double decker. Hopefully Moyesy can get the Skegnes FC gig so we can trick Williams, Sandro, Mirallas and co. that they're going on all expenses paid trip to Pontins. Moyes in his Scooby Doo disguise as the check in lady with the sign sheet actually a Skegnes FC contract.
19 Posted 30/04/2019 at 22:33:35
Williams is still a great penalty box defender. Hed do a job for Burnley. His pace had gone in his first season here. He was actually very good for us that year but he started to decline in front of our eyes and Koemans idea to play a higher line really exposed him.
Lets be honest though, who wouldnt worry about a 33 year old declining rapidly? It doesnt take Nostradamus to predict that. To splash £10m or so on him was a bad decision.
20 Posted 01/05/2019 at 07:03:39
21 Posted 01/05/2019 at 08:05:30
Mind you, most of that side were puffing out of there backsides come 50 mins, so it was no surprise he was unfit also.
22 Posted 01/05/2019 at 09:26:48
He actually deteriorated when he got those stupid dreadlocks in his hair.
23 Posted 01/05/2019 at 09:33:46
24 Posted 01/05/2019 at 09:41:27
Would Williams have been better in this team now, where there is genuine confidence and organisation (for the most part)?
He was a better player than he looked but joined Everton at a time where they lacked coherence and strategy. He was not expensive and was expected to bring much needed leadership but ultimately he is another player who has taken far more from the club than he has given. That is the likely story when buying players towards the end of their career and is why I am delighted that Brands will be mostly targeting players age 25 or under this Summer.
25 Posted 01/05/2019 at 09:57:17
He did a job for us at the time, and was never really part of ambitions to be a top team again. The more recent signings fit that ambition, and it's appropriate that Williams seeks pastures new.
26 Posted 01/05/2019 at 10:20:09
27 Posted 01/05/2019 at 10:30:12
"Always the victims"!!
28 Posted 01/05/2019 at 11:03:22
Always the victims its never their fault!
I wonder what the Latin of that is because it would be a very fitting motto on their shirts!
I hope Barca absolutely twat the freak show tonight and piss on the spunk fest next Tuesday.
29 Posted 01/05/2019 at 11:21:38
On Wednesday, Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore called on fans to act "in a manner befitting of LFC".
I guess Peter Moore is spot on with that, after all, causing trouble is in a manner befitting of LFC.
30 Posted 01/05/2019 at 11:30:18
"Non nostra culpa ad victimam eius semper"
31 Posted 01/05/2019 at 12:10:47
32 Posted 01/05/2019 at 12:11:27
My only surprise is that it was actually reported in the media, I will be very interested to see how the Liverpool Echo report it. I always remember when the press interviewed John Smith at Heysel and he said initially it wasnt Liverpool fans it was a group of the National Front party. So they have a history of blaming others for their fans behaviour.
Mind I am afraid some of our so called fans are not blameless when it comes to trouble before games. Seems all the trouble with the Milwall fans was a pre arranged fight. So we all have these people who don't do us any favours. Yes I was in Rotterdam when all our fans were brilliant, I actually watched our fans play the local police at football in one of the squares. Even Rotterdams chief of police said he would welcome back Everton fans anytime they want to go back there.
33 Posted 01/05/2019 at 12:22:33
Hillsborough national Tragedy never to be forgotten
Which is true BUT
Then there's the Juventus - Heysel tragedy caused by Liverpool fans which is white washed from existence. An offence so bad it got all English teams banned from Europe — imagine that happening now?
Always the victims, despite all the flag waving and Walk Alone singing there is a dark side to Liverpool FC which is conveniently swept under the carpet.
I remember when Alan Smith broke his leg at Anfield the Ambulance that took him away to hospital was repeatedly blocked by Liverpool fans and even had stones bricks/chucked at it.
34 Posted 01/05/2019 at 12:52:55
They are wolves in sheeps clothing, always have been and always will be.
They stand there on the Kop like the freak show that it is waving continent sized flags with pathetic slogans that even they dont know the meaning of, hidden behind a thousand badges banging on about justice.
As you say Daniel, its very easy to forget the ambulance attack carrying a man with a broken leg, Manchester City coach attack, Heysel, and every other disgusting little act by those always innocent loveable Doctor Fun types.
Vile group of fans and extremely deluded.
35 Posted 03/05/2019 at 11:39:46
36 Posted 04/05/2019 at 04:45:25
37 Posted 13/05/2019 at 06:20:29
Not being 'pedantic' here, just that Skegness is my hometown and a Butlins is the holiday camp we've got just up the road, along the coast. Still there, still going, even.
Just by way of interest, it was actually originally called 'HMS Royal Arthur', a facility used to train signalmen, wireless operators and suchlike for WWII. A bit of history to it, then.
A 'big difference'? Well yes, if you come from Skeg, as I do.
Otherwise, yeah I get your joke about getting rid of the 'deadwood' by kidding them to follow Davey Moyes to Skegness FC (The Lilywhites) and staying all-expenses-paid at our holiday camp.
Not sure we'd want Ashley Williams, though.
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