According to The Mirror’s live transfer blog (June 20, 10:43am), new Everton boss Marco Silva is ready to listen to offers for centre-back Ashley Williams this summer.
The Mirror’s live transfer blog says that the 33-year-old, who has 79 caps for Wales, is likely to be a casualty along with teammate Wayne Rooney this summer, and it would be no surprise given what happened towards the end of the 2017/18 campaign.
Despite being something of a regular under Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce throughout the season, a red card for him in the away match at Burnley in March proved to be a turning point, and he failed to make the matchday squad for the Merseyside outfit again on his return from suspension.
So, how would selling the Welshman truly impact the Toffees? Football FanCast take a look at the potential consequences of the major summer deal for Everton…
In what was a 2017/18 campaign that started with so much promise but quickly went sour, Williams was one of the players that was heavily criticised by Toffees fans on Twitter throughout for his performances.
Those supporters may well have felt that Steve Walsh and Ronald Koeman should have brought a major upgrade for the Welshman to Goodison Park last summer, and their frustrations were further enhanced when he was red-carded against Burnley in March in what was another poor display on the road for Everton.
They would have been happy to see him pick up a suspension at that time though, and they would have been even more pleased when he failed to make the squad again for rest of the season ahead of a likely summer exit.
The centre-back would have hoped to have picked up some vital playing experience during a season-long loan spell with Leeds United in 2017/18, but he picked up an injury on his debut in August that kept him out of action for a spell, and he struggled to be a regular in the starting XI even on his return.
Nevertheless, the Yorkshire outfit were keen to keep him at Elland Road, but instead the 23-year-old signed a new contract at Goodison Park and it could be a now or never situation for him this term.
The departure of Ramiro Funes Mori and potentially Williams too could mean that he either starts the new season in the side or as one of the first-choice back-ups, and he may well be revitalised and go on to prove that he is ready to perform regularly on the Premier League stage.
The Telegraph reported on June 18 that Everton are lining up an ambitious bid to bring highly-rated Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, rated at £36m by Transfermarkt, to Goodison Park, and it is a chase that Director of Football Marcel Brands may well step up if and when Williams departs.
The loss of yet another centre-back after Ramino Funes Mori would make bringing a new one in a priority, and while a deal for De Ligt seems unlikely on paper given he is being courted by some of the biggest clubs in European football, it certainly can’t be completely ruled out if the Toffees make a big enough play for the teenager.
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