Aston Villa must look to land Wales and Liverpool ace Neco Williams this summer amid a recent transfer update.
According to The Athletic, Liverpool “expect Neco Williams to push for a move after Euro 2020 with the club set to demand at least £10 million for the Wales full-back”.
The report added: “The Premier League quartet of Leeds, Southampton, Aston Villa and Burnley have all expressed genuine interest in Williams over the past 12 months. Villa are no longer interested in signing a full-back after bringing in Ashley Young, who can cover on either side.”
While The Athletic claimed that Villa may no longer be interested in bringing in a new full-back given their recent signing of Young, a deal for Williams is something Johan Lange must seriously reconsider.
Ryan Giggs once dubbed the £7.2m-rated dynamo an “outstanding” talent and, after impressing for Wales, he was full of praise for the youngster, saying: “He is a fantastic player, still young and still learning, but the energy and quality he has shown when he has stepped up into the first team has been really good, so it’s exciting.”
At just 20, Williams is a much younger profile of player compared to someone like 35-year-old Young, and unlike the he could offer Smith many years of service for the club.
Villa’s move for Young was very much focused on the short-term, and it seems likely they will soon be in the market for another full-back, perhaps 12 months down the line.
By going for Williams now, the Midlands club would be ensuring they have someone to provide real competition for Matty Cash both for the present and the long-term future.
Villa must reconsider their stance on the Welshman, as doing so could see Lange strike gold.