Everton defender and sometimes stand-in captain Ashley Williams, who is earning around £75,000-a-week according to The Mirror, has been speaking to BBC Sport about a disappointing season for him and the club while on international duty with Wales, and Toffees fans have been quick to react to his comments.
The Merseyside outfit spent the majority of the first-half of the campaign towards the relegation zone despite a big summer of spending, with Sam Allardyce’s arrival in November proving to be a catalyst for a change of form that has seen them gradually climb the table.
It hasn’t been a great campaign personally for Williams though, who has often been criticised by the Goodison Park faithful for his displays, and he was also sent off in the 2-1 defeat against Burnley at Turf Moor earlier this month.
Speaking to BBC Sport, the 33-year-old said: “It’s not been great obviously, it’s been well documented.
“It’s not the first time it has happened in my career where you have a bit of season you don’t enjoy so much and things don’t go well.
“It’s just football, it happens and you just get on with it. We are towards the end of the season now.”
Everton supporters have taken to social media to give their thoughts on the quotes, and while one sarcastically said the words were “spoken like a true leader”, another said “get rid, he’s been terrible since day one”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Words of a true Captain.
— Tom (@toffeetom51) March 22, 2018
What’s the return policy on Williams?
— אדם (@ALfutboI) March 21, 2018
Spoken like a true leader
— Stephen Reeves (@ste_reeves) March 22, 2018
And that's ok is it? Get out of our club, joke for a footballer!!!
— Trev Gerrard (@Trevsster) March 22, 2018
Ending it with ‘we are towards the end of the season now’ translates to, it’s been crap but I get a fresh start after 7 more games so I don’t really care how this one ends
— Chris (@chipshi11) March 22, 2018
I can sum him up in one word… abysmal!
— ⚽️Jordan Miller⚽️ (@Jump23Miller) March 22, 2018
Should not see any first team action again.
— Thomas mccarten (@Thomasmccarten1) March 22, 2018
He talks like he plays doesn't give a crap get rid he's been terrible from day one
— Gareth Jones (@gazzaj83) March 22, 2018
And you won't be hear thank god. You are responsible for a lot of the problems and have lost us personally a lot of games. Your not an Everton player and never will be. How Jags lost his place to you is a mystery
— Paul Niklas (@PaulNiklas4) March 22, 2018
He couldn’t sound less arse if he tried!
— Aidy Dews (@AidyDews) March 22, 2018