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Ashley Williams could reunite with Rooney in DC

| Monday, 29 April 2019 37comments  |  Jump to last
Ashley Williams is a reported target for Wayne Rooney's Major League Soccer club DC United.

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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Peter Gorman
1 Posted 29/04/2019 at 21:56:24
Go with God but for God's sake go
Steve Ferns
2 Posted 29/04/2019 at 23:28:44
I'd drive him to the airport myself, only he's out of contract so it doesn't matter.

Can we not file him away in the "to be forgotten" section along with OFM whose wages we are still paying.

Bill Gienapp
3 Posted 29/04/2019 at 23:43:36
Out of contract at the end of the season, so not our problem any more. See ya.
David Currie
4 Posted 30/04/2019 at 02:37:31
Utter rubbish, no surprise Stoke don't want him.
Mike Gaynes
5 Posted 30/04/2019 at 02:58:38
DC needs him as a designated driver for Wayne.
Paul Birmingham
6 Posted 30/04/2019 at 06:53:19
Looks like they will double the profits at the local burger joints and steak houses in DC!

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.

Tony Everan
7 Posted 30/04/2019 at 11:19:40
Well done, Ashley, nice work if you can get it!
Rob Dolby
8 Posted 30/04/2019 at 11:45:40
He looked very good for Swansea and Wales. What happened when he came to us?

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.

James Kirrane
9 Posted 30/04/2019 at 12:21:12
He was a fine player and leader in his prime. Unfortunately, when we bought him, he was on the wane. Koeman thought he was buying experience and leadership, but unfortunately his legs had gone and he was cruelly exposed. A player's decline can be rapid and not un-typically for Everton we bought the 'right' player two or three years too late.
Danny Broderick
10 Posted 30/04/2019 at 12:32:09
One of the worst players we have ever bought, and we've bought some bad ones! He was okay in a backs-to-the-wall team, 5 at the back. That's why he did okay for Wales and Swansea. His poor ability on the ball and lack of pace was exposed in a team playing a back 4 and trying to use the ball.

He did nothing for us. Good riddance.

Fran Mitchell
11 Posted 30/04/2019 at 12:49:54
Summed up our recruitment, and shows up the mentality of so many on here.

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.

David Pearl
12 Posted 30/04/2019 at 14:03:53
Not half as bad as he is made out to be. Come on. So yes now at 34 he is not as good as a few years ago, surprise surprise. We made a lot worse signings but his second season was the worst both in recruitment and injuries.
Derek Knox
13 Posted 30/04/2019 at 15:39:10
Rob @8, James @9, and David @12, I tend to agree there he always struck me as a decent and dependable defender, and a leader for Swansea and Wales, but not only did we get him too late, but grossly overpaid for the dubious privilege.

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. :-)

Kenny Smith
14 Posted 30/04/2019 at 16:33:34
Do we have to give them any money to take him? Can't he move to the Seattle Sounders FC? I think that's the furthest MLS club away from Goodison...
Derek Knox
15 Posted 30/04/2019 at 19:45:43
Steve @2, I note your generous offer an airport taxi service, I hope you have either a large mini-bus or a bin wagon as your normal mode of transport, with the amount of players(?)we need to ship out. :-)
Bill Gienapp
16 Posted 30/04/2019 at 19:48:52
I will say, as much as Koeman and Walsh get rightfully roasted for their various recruitment missteps, the Williams signing did have a degree of logic to it.

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.

Niall McIlhone
17 Posted 30/04/2019 at 19:58:25
Fully agree with you assessment Bill @16. I, for one, was actually enthused by his signing, but his confidence was shot pretty quickly and I wonder if he just drifted out of form and fitness in what appears to have been a pretty unbalanced and unhappy set up under the Koeman regime. Still, it never worked out, I wish him well if he can have a season or two playing with Wayne out in DC, maybe he will regain his mojo, who knows?
Kieran Kinsella
18 Posted 30/04/2019 at 20:20:25
Derek 15

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.

Steve Ferns
19 Posted 30/04/2019 at 22:33:35
Nice one DK.

Williams is still a great penalty box defender. He’d 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 Koeman’s idea to play a higher line really exposed him.

Let’s be honest though, who wouldn’t worry about a 33 year old declining rapidly? It doesn’t take Nostradamus to predict that. To splash £10m or so on him was a bad decision.

Brian Porter
20 Posted 01/05/2019 at 07:03:39
I don't care where he goes as long as he goes, the sooner the better.
Liam Reilly
21 Posted 01/05/2019 at 08:05:30
Don't recall him being too bad initially but time caught up with him and his fitness wained.

Mind you, most of that side were puffing out of there backsides come 50 mins, so it was no surprise he was unfit also.

Jim Bennings
22 Posted 01/05/2019 at 09:26:48
Not sure he was quite as bad as some portray, at least not in his first six months, I recall he was outstanding in a 1-1 draw away at City and he did score the winner against Arsenal so I wouldn’t totally write him off!

He actually deteriorated when he got those stupid dreadlocks in his hair.

Phil Sammon
23 Posted 01/05/2019 at 09:33:46
One of the few Everton players I genuinely resent.
Sam Hoare
24 Posted 01/05/2019 at 09:41:27
It was interesting to hear what Seamus Coleman said about his poor winter form this year being a reflection of the team as a whole.

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.

Stan Schofield
25 Posted 01/05/2019 at 09:57:17
When Koeman came in, he initially steadied the ship defensively, and Williams was part of that. That first Koeman season, we had a solid defence, which is what a lot were asking for on ToffeeWeb after the defensive failures of Martinez. But of course we again declined rapidly, as did Williams.

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.

Brian Harrison
26 Posted 01/05/2019 at 10:20:09
Completely off topic I see our neighbours have been behaving badly again in Barcelona. I watched a video that was uploaded on the We Are Everton twitter site showing a Chinese man being pushed into a fountain by Liverpool fans. When the guy got out absolutely soaked nobody went to see how he was they just mocked him even more. Usually they get away with this but its on SSN and even Talksport mentioned it this morning. They also report 6 Liverpool fans arrested for attacking hotel staff in Barcelona.
Rob Halligan
27 Posted 01/05/2019 at 10:30:12
You sound almost surprised, Brian. RS fans in Barcelona blaming any unruly behaviour on the Spanish police. So let's all blame the Spanish police then.

"Always the victims"!!

Jim Bennings
28 Posted 01/05/2019 at 11:03:22
What do you expect from that mutant walk of life Brian?

Always the victims it’s 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.

Rob Halligan
29 Posted 01/05/2019 at 11:21:38
Jim, this is a quote On the BBC sport website

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.

Rob Halligan
30 Posted 01/05/2019 at 11:30:18
Here you go Jim. "Always the victim it's never our fault", in Latin.

"Non nostra culpa ad victimam eius semper"

Jim Bennings
31 Posted 01/05/2019 at 12:10:47
Brilliant Rob!

Brian Harrison
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.

Daniel A Johnson
33 Posted 01/05/2019 at 12:22:33
Typical Liverpool

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.

Jim Bennings
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 don’t know the meaning of, hidden behind a thousand badges banging on about justice.

As you say Daniel, it’s 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.

Lee Brownlie
35 Posted 03/05/2019 at 11:39:46
What's Wayne Rooney done so wrong lately, to deserve this 'threat'???
David Currie
36 Posted 04/05/2019 at 04:45:25
They always remember Hillsborough and forget Heysel, now they lose 3-0 and some want Messi banned. Can't take losing, loved seeing Gary L celebrate that goal.
Lee Brownlie
37 Posted 13/05/2019 at 06:20:29
Kieran (18), There's no Pontins in Skegness!!

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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