Ashley Williams completes £12m move to Everton - Twitter reacts
Everton were plagued with defensive problems under Roberto Martinez last season. The Toffees conceded more goals than anyone else outside of the bottom five, a shocking display of ineptitude despite fielding several internationally-capped players in their back four.
While largely down to Roberto Martinez’s reluctance to provide his defence with any organised cover from the midfield, individuals struggled to perform as well. No single defender was faultless, and even seasoned England man Phil Jagielka looked uncomfortable at times.
As such, new Everton manager Ronald Koeman is looking to reinforce his back line, starting with signing Swansea centre-back Ashley Williams.
Williams has been at Swansea for eight years after signing from Stockport County for £400,000. Over 300 appearances later, the 31-year-old has captained the Swans from League One to the Premiership and Wales to the semi-finals of the Euros in perhaps one of his greatest achievements.
Over that time, Williams’ value has increased to the £12 million fee Everton have agreed to pay for him.
He leaves the South Wales club on seemingly good grounds, with the team’s Twitter account posting this:
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) August 10, 2016
His new club are thoroughly delighted to announce Williams’ signing:
— Everton (@Everton) August 10, 2016
Fans from clubs across the UK are positive about the Toffees new signing, especially surrounding the shrewd price given John Stones’ near £50 million departure:
Everton get £47.5 million for John Stones and replace him with £12 million Ashley Williams. Exceptional bit of business if you ask me..
— Orlagh Mullan (@OrlaghMullan) August 9, 2016
With some questioning whether other clubs should’ve been in for him at that price:
The odd tweeter is concerned for the Swans, as Williams was such an instrumental player for them. Pundits are suggesting that Swansea may struggle to beat the drop this season, and losing Williams won’t help.
Ashley Williams is replaceable as a player, but his influence on the rest of the squad is irreplaceable, bad move by @SwansOfficial
— Jordan Evans (@JordannEvansss) August 9, 2016
Loosing Ashley Williams is massive for Swansea can see them struggling now!
— Chocky✌️ (@Chockyy24) August 9, 2016
But many see the value in the transfer, even for the Swans:
sorry to see Ashley Williams leave the Swans, but looking at it objectively I think the transfer is a decent move for all parties.
— Jack Carter (@jackcarter22) August 9, 2016
£12 million in today’s market is, rather bizarrely, a fairly small fee. Williams is an experienced domestic and international player and has continually shone in the Premier League, even in a rather average Swansea side last season.
It remains to be seen whether Williams will justify the price tag, but his transfer is doubtless an exciting sign of progress for Everton under Ronald Koeman.
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