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Injuries have robbed many from being a great player instead of just a good player.
We can only wonder just how colossal Ledley King could’ve been were it not for his injury issues, whilst Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge potentially could’ve had much better careers if they were able to stay off the treatment table.
Whilst we are not comparing Jonny Williams to players of these quality, the diminutive Welshman has endured a career hampered by injuries which have held him back for years – he has even needed a psychologist’s help after injuries robbed him of the chance to help Sunderland in the midst of their relegation battle a few years ago.
After breaking onto the scene at Crystal Palace in 2011, the now-25-year-old attacking midfielder has slowly had to rebuild his career whilst out on numerous loan spells at Ipswich, Nottingham Forest, MK Dons and Sunderland, but it is at Charlton where he is really starting to get back in the mood.
Williams joined the Addicks midway through last season and impressively managed to make 18 appearances, registering just one assist as promotion was won via the playoffs.
This season, however, the former Palace man has been on fire – keeping him fit is imperative to Lee Bowyer’s side continuing their fine form and having a successful campaign.
Williams has already grabbed four assists in just four starts this season, and seems to have got over his injury woes – touch wood.
Charlton sit third in the Championship and are one of just four teams yet to be beaten this term, winning three and drawing two of their five games.
Williams has registered an assist in four separate matches, with his latest set-up against Brentford epitomising everything that the 5 foot 6 Welshman is about – dogged, determined pressing, and a moment of quality with his through ball to Conor Gallagher earning the three points for the Addicks.
The Charlton No.7 is well capable of more moments of brilliance like that, and keeping him fit would ensure we see those flashes of quality more often throughout this season, which will be vital to the south Londoners’ hopes of success this term.