Liverpool have been persistently linked with a move for Williams over the last year, and in April, The Guardian reported that:
* LFC were 'pole position' to sign him.
* Williams favours a move to LFC.
* He was a boyhood Reds fans.
Well, According to the Evening Standard today:
"Arsenal have agreed terms to sign Ashley Williams this summer. Arsene Wenger is hopeful of tying up a three-year deal to bring him to the Emirates Stadium for a fee of £8-10million in the next fortnight"
Many Liverpool fans will probably breathe a huge sigh of relief over this latest development, but Wenger is no mug - his transfer record proves that he's one of the best judges of talent in the Premier League, if not Europe, so if Williams is good enough for Arsenal, why - according to Reds fans - is he not good enough for Liverpool?
In recent weeks, Liverpool legends Ian Rush and Jan Molby have thrown their support behind the possibility of signing Williams, but FSG reportedly put the blockers on a move for 28-year old due to his age. If this is true, then in my view, Liverpool's owners are clearly damaging the club's ability to compete for top class experienced players.
What do FSG - who have comparatively ZERO experience and knowledge of football - know about players? Having a blanket rule of ignoring any player over the age of 27/28 is negligence IMO, and it undermines the manager, who incidentally, has 20 years of experience in the British game.
Williams - recently described as 'terrific' by Wales boss Chris Coleman - is undoubtedly a good defender, and the his stats over the last five years prove this beyond a shadow of a doubt. Indeed, this season - according to Opta stats - he is a more effective defender than both Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel.
Liverpool continue to be linked with a host of young central defenders, but experience is needed, and the likes of Kyriakos Papadopolous et al will need time to adapt to the Premier League, whereas Williams is proven performer over a number of years, and would fit right in.
Another one bites the dust, it seems...
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