Leeds United are interested in signing Wales international Neco Williams from Liverpool this summer.
As per The Athletic’s Liverpool correspondent James Pearce, the Reds “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 Trent Alexander-Arnold may be the undisputed right-back for Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield, the England international has been quick to rave about his teammate and the potential that he has.
He said: “Neco is an amazing talent, he is someone who we all look to as being someone who can play for the club for a long amount of time and will have a bright future no matter what.
“I think he is on the right path, for sure. Mentally, he’s ahead of people his age, he’s getting the right experience in training; playing against the best players in the world can only improve you.”
Ryan Giggs meanwhile hailed the £25k-a-week earning flier as an “outstanding” player and, after impressing for Wales, he was left raving about the starlet, 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 has all the time in the world to develop into a real top-class right-back, and with first-choice Luke Ayling set to turn 30 later this summer, the Welshman would represent a much younger, and exciting option for the future.
And when you look at his performances at EURO 2020 thus far, Williams has shown the kind of potential that he has. As per Whoscored, he’s averaged two dribbles and 1.5 key passes per game, which is more dribbles than Raphinha managed per match in the Premier League last season, and third on the list among Leeds’ squad for key passes.
There’s no doubt that a swoop for Williams would surely have Bielsa happy about reinforcing his right-back options for both now and for the future.