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Ashley Williams: Summer Transfer Window Profile and Scouting Report

Peter BrownellContributor ISeptember 17, 2016

Swansea City centre-back Ashley Williams is among many players being tipped with a possible transfer in the summer window. 

Here's a breakdown of his numbers and a brief scouting guide to the Wales international, along with a few hints as to where he might be playing next summer.

 

Age: 28

Contract Situation: Williams started with Swansea City in 2008 and is under contract until the end of June 2015. 

Career Stops: Hednesford Town (2001-2003), Stockport County (2003-2008), Swansea City (2008 loan), Swansea City (2008-Present).

Current Campaign: English Premier League—37 games; League Cup—4 games, World Cup Qualifiers—6 games.

 

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Scouting Guide

Williams plays as a left-sided centre-back for English Premier League side Swansea City and the Welsh international team.

He is a very capable passer with both feet and can acutely navigate his team out of trouble from the deepest part of the pitch.  Williams has a keen sense of timing, particularly when looking to cut out passes with both his head and feet.

The Welshman is a solid aerial defender and is known for strong leadership skills as he wears the armband for both club and country. 

 

Where Next?

If reports are true, two English Premier League clubs appear the most interested in obtaining the signature of Ashley Williams.

First up are Arsenal, according to The Guardian, where all indications are that Arsene Wenger has lost confidence in his current defense and believes Williams to be a nice fit as he attempts to shore up his back line.  Williams' ability to lead would be key for the Gunners. 

Then, according to the Express, there are Liverpool, another Premier League club transitioning defensively.  They too could benefit from the strong attitude, character and skills Williams brings to a club. 

With Arsenal securing a spot in next season's Champions League, it might be the more ambitious move for Williams to consider London for his next footballing home.  Regardless, the interest of such famous and storied clubs must instill confidence in the talented centre-back. 

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