Aston Villa must move for non-league star Williams now that Dean Smith is in charge

According to the Mail Online, Aston Villa are one of many clubs interested in Kidderminster Harriers midfielder Ed Williams, and the Villans must now make him a priority signing after the appointment of Dean Smith as manager.

What’s the story?

The Mail reports that Villa are in a battle with Leeds United, Derby County and unnamed Premier League teams to sign Williams, who is currently taking the National League North by storm.

The 23-year-old has helped Kidderminster to fourth place in the league table with an impressive 10 goals in 14 games from central midfield.

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Williams was was delivering pizzas only a year ago in order to pay the bills, but he is now being linked with some of the biggest clubs in the Championship and beyond, and has recently signed up with football agent John Morris of Key Sports, who also represents Jamie Vardy and Joe Lolley who have both made similar moves from non-league.

Developing talent

Villa were linked with Williams back in September, but with Steve Bruce at the helm his game time would have surely been limited. Smith though is a far more progressive manager than his predecessor and Villa Park would be a good destination for the non-league star.

It’s been a difficult start to life at his boyhood club for Smith, with the club now sitting in 14th place in the Championship table, but there are already signs of improvement in the performances.

Williams was called up to the England C squad to face Estonia last month, and his rise looks set to continue further, but Villa must be the side to sign him.

So, Villa fans, would you support a deal for Williams or do you need proven quality? Have your say by voting in the poll below. 

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