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.
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.
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.
Best news of the whole window
— Tom (@tomflynn1992) August 2, 2018
Stole a living here the last 2 yrs.
— Tomas (@toffeetommy79) August 2, 2018
It’s a real shame it’s only a loan deal as it mean we’re still paying him for being an awful, awful footballer. We should have offered Stoke the opportunity to have him for £5 and a packet of Bakewell tarts. That’s all he’s worth. #everton
— Jon Margetts (@_Jontosaurus_) August 2, 2018
Very good we’ve offloaded him, but what a moment that was. https://t.co/2VwGvLc4e2
— EFC Stats (@EFCStats) August 3, 2018
Give him to stoke don’t want him back
— marty punjab (@MadMarty2011) August 3, 2018
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.
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.
Don’t care what anyone says….. Good luck Ashley Williams. Didn’t quite work out her for you. All the best…
— COYB (@dazcavey39) August 2, 2018
Good luck to him. Great pro
— Head in the sand (@JohnPitchy) August 2, 2018
I wish him well purely for this goal. What a moment that was. https://t.co/15HZSrl8Au
— Si Williams (@SiWilliams6) August 3, 2018
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