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Everton fans were split on Ashley Williams departure in 2018

Ashley Williams was signed by Everton in 2016 with much anticipation after impressing at Swansea, who he helped to Championship promotion and a League Cup win in 2013.

However, in his two years at Goodison Park he was unable to recreate the form that led to his £12m signing, averaging 1.5 and one tackle per game, compared to 1.9 in his last season with the Swans.

He was frequently criticised by Everton fans for his below-par performances so it was little surprise that Marco Silva made the decision to get rid of him when he first had the opportunity to do so.

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It is also little surprise, therefore, that several fans were pleased by his departure when he joined Stoke on loan, as it indicated that he had no future with the Toffees during to his contract expiring in summer 2019, and indeed he never featured for the club again.

However, it is a bit strange that supporters weren’t unanimous with their feelings following the centre-back’s departure, as he frequently disappointed during his time there, with one inept performance against Atalanta drawing significant criticism.

He was also approaching 34 years of age at the time, too, and since Yerry Mina had been brought in it made a lot of sense to let Williams leave, even if they didn’t receive a penny for his services.

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Some feel he remained professional throughout, though, and created some fond memories in an Everton shirt, such as his headed winner against Arsenal which the club posted to mark his exit.

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