Three reasons Wales mistake must mean Ashley Williams is benched at Everton

Everton defender Ashley Williams’ disappointing start to the new season hit a new low on Monday as his mistake saw Wales fall to a 1-0 defeat against the Republic of Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium, meaning the Euro 2016 semi-finalists failed to qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Chris Coleman’s men came into the clash against Ireland knowing that they needed a win to have any chance of finishing top of the group or avoid being the worst group runners-up and missing out on a place in the play-offs, but they failed to get on the scoresheet and were punished at the other end.

Williams, who Transfermarkt value at £7.2million, was caught in possession by Jeff Hendrick, who scored the winner for Burnley at Goodison Park in the Toffees’ previous Premier League clash, and the midfielder found James McClean who finished past Wayne Hennessey.

The mistake was the latest blow for the 33-year-old, who has endured a tough start to the campaign with the Merseyside outfit as they currently lie in 16th in the Premier League and have taken just one point from a possible six in the Europa League.

In six top flight appearances this term the former Swansea man has made two defensive errors, and this one could prove to be the final straw for Ronald Koeman. Here are three reasons Williams must be benched by Everton after his latest howler…