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Team: Swansea City
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/23/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 157

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Swansea City put together a good showing in front of newly-appointed head coach Francesco Guidolin in a 1-0 win against Watford on Monday night.
The three points proves to be a massive boost for the Swans as they jump out of the relegation zone with a one-point lead over Newcastle. It was Ashley Williams who rose to the occasion at the Liberty Stadium on both ends of the pitch, starting with his first-half header that ended up being the match-winner. After a scramble in the penalty area following a corner, Ki Sung-yueng floated a cross into the area that Williams dispatched past Heurelho Gomes for his first Premier League goal in nearly two years. But Williams was at his best on the defensive end, covering up an often porous Swansea defense with key interceptions and using his formidable aerial presence to clear out crosses late in the second half. Jan 18 - 5:10 PM
Source: NBC Sports

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Swansea City could not penetrate the Everton defense but put on a fine defensive display themselves as the two sides played to a 0-0 final at Liberty Stadium.

The usual suspects involves in the Swansea attack, Bafetimbi Gomis, Andre Ayew and Jefferson Montero and Jonjo Shelvey all had opportunities to score on the day but the plaudits have to go the defense. Everton threatened throughout the match but Ashley Williams led his back line to a clean sheet, most notably clearing an Arouna Kone shot off of the line. That makes two straight blanks for the attack though, as they will look to get back on track next week against Southampton.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Everton have targeted Swansea skipper Ashley Williams as the man to replace John Stones, despite manager Garry Monk stressing he is not for sale…

Earlier this week Swansea boss Garry Monk was adamant that his skipper Ashley Williams was not for sale. This was in response to Crystal Palace’s approach, amid reports they were prepared to spend up to £10m for the Welsh international center-back. Since then ESPN have reported that Everton have identified Williams as the man to replace John Stones, should he leave for Chelsea. The message now coming out of Swansea is Williams would cost £25m. An extortionately high fee for a 30-year-old, but not the same as ‘not for sale.’ Everton are aggressively holding out for a £30m+ fee for Stones but that money will not do them any good in the bank, with only one other senior defender in the current squad. And Swansea will know this only too well.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 07:31:00 AM

Crystal Palace are set to be disappointed in their pursuit of center-back Ashley Williams, according to Swansea manager Garry Monk…

Most things have gone right for Palace this summer. The signings of Yohan Cabaye and Patrick Bamford have excited the fans. The acquisition of young goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and the new contract accepted by Scott Dann provide stability. And theMost things have gone right for Palace this summer. The signings of Yohan Cabaye and Patrick Bamford have excited the fans. The acquisition of young goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and the new contract accepted by Scott Dann provide stability. And the early season form of fit-again Jordan Mutch has been a bonus. Alan Pardew was looking to spend up to £10 million on securing the services of Swansea captain Ashley Williams, but according to his manager Garry Monk should accept defeat. Telling TalkSPORT, ‘Ash will be here, he’ll be with Swansea’. Fairly clear cut.
Source: The Mirror
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 06:54:00 AM

Crystal Palace are ready to launch another £10 million-plus bid, this time for Swansea center-back Ashley Williams…

It appears there is still some money burning a hole in the pocket of Palace owner Steve Parish. He has apparently sanctioned Alan Pardew’s £10m pursuit of Swansea center-back Ashley Williams. It’s an eye-brow raising move all around. Williams is Swansea’s captain and the player and club have resisted overtones from Arsenal and Manchester United in recent seasons. But now 30-years-old, the length of contract and size of fee on offer take on greater significance. And as much as the Swans boss Garry Monk would not want to lose him, a figure of £10m would be difficult to turn down.
Source: The Mirror
Sun, Jul 19, 2015 07:19:00 AM

Ashley Williams continues to be a steady reliable contributor to the cause for Swansea City, playing every minute thus far this season and keeping the Swans in virtually every contest.

The Swans have only been spanked once this season, when they were beaten 0-5 at the hands of table leading Chelsea. Otherwise, they have been a composed, organized side that has made the most of what they have. They were unlucky to get a positive result in the Liverpool game this past weekend, but they can also hang their hat on defeating Manchester United in both fixtures. Williams joins John O'Shea, Joel Ward, Ahmed Elmohamady and Aaron Cresswell as the only outfield players to spend every moment of every league game on the pitch.
Tue, Mar 17, 2015 08:58:00 PM

Swansea City captain Ashley Williams has spent the two weeks between league matches to recover from a shoulder injury he picked up against Chelsea and has been declared fit for selection on Sunday.

Excellent news for Garry Monk and Swansea fans as the club have a tough task of finding a positive result against Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium. With Wilfried Bony long gone and Gylfi Sigurdsson serving the first of a three-match ban, it may take a tight defense to steal a road point and that feat would be next to impossible without Williams. A true soldier, he has yet to miss a minute of pitch time this season and it appears that impressive trend will continue on Sunday.
Fri, Jan 30, 2015 04:12:00 PM

Garry Monk took the unusual step of apologising to opposition manager Jose Mourinho following his sides inability to give Chelsea "a game." Swansea were battered into submission and the match as a contest which was effectively over by half-time.

Chelsea returned to their free flowing best but mistakes from the home side contributed to the Swansea downfall who were off the pace from the opening minute. Without Ki [Asian Cup] and Leon Britton [groin strain] the Jacks were forced into a reshuffle while Nelson Oliveira made his first competitive start in midfield. Matic, Oscar and Fabregas were in scintillating form - the home side never stood a chance - and when Wayne Routledge [Achilles] limped off on 32 minutes an already difficult task was made almost impossible. However the Swans rallied during the second half to keep the score-line respectable but a late injury to Ashley Williams [shoulder] will be cause for further concern.
Source: Wales Online
Sat, Jan 17, 2015 07:18:00 PM

Club captain Ashley Williams has signed a new contract that will see him stay with Swansea City for another four years.

Williams has been a solid center back for the Welsh side, playing a major role in their promotion a few years back. He is the captain of the Wales national team as well, so it only makes sense that he would be happy to stay at Liberty Stadium. Rumors spoke of interest from Sunderland and Arsenal but Swansea is just the right fit and this deal will see his tenure with the club reach a full decade by contract's end.
Source: The Guardian
Fri, Jul 4, 2014 09:45:00 AM

Sunderland have made an undisclosed bid for Swansea captain Ashley Williams, according to Sky sources.

Sunderland are short on central defenders, and Williams has just one year left on his contract at the Liberty Stadium. With no evidence of the 29-year old wanting to sign a new deal, Swansea might be tempted to cash in on him now rather than risk losing him for nothing next summer.
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, Jun 9, 2014 04:27:00 AM

Ashley Williams is a man in demand having been linked to QPR, Hull City and an extended contract at Swansea over the past three days.

The results of Swansea's poor season and another year of aging (he'll be 30 just after the season starts) can be seen in the names of the clubs Williams is being linked to this summer. Last summer, off of Swansea's cup victory and surprising overall season, he was linked with Arsenal and Liverpool. This summer, coming off a rough season, he has been linked with moves to Hull City, recently promoted QPR and a contract extension at Swansea.
Wed, Jun 4, 2014 12:26:00 PM

Ashley Williams has been ruled out of Swansea's Europa League tie against Kuban Krasnodar, and will be a major doubt for the visit of West Ham.

Williams still has pain in his ankle, and isn't expected back in training for a few days yet. He's even a doubt for the Swan's derby clash against Cardiff on 3 November. Jordi Amat will continue to partner Chico Flores in his absence.
Wed, Oct 23, 2013 11:19:00 AM

Ashley Williams' ankle injury has ruled him out of any participation for the Wales national team in their World Cup qualifiers, putting his next Premier League match in doubt.

Investment in Swansea defenders over the next two PL gameweeks look attractive, home to Sunderland and home to West Ham, but with Ben Davies also on the mend, fantasy managers may want to be cautious in selection if half of the Swans starting backline is absent.
Source: SportingLife
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 01:25:00 PM

Ashley Williams is battling an ankle issue and faces a late fitness check in the race to face off with Arsenal in Week 6.

Swansea will need to be at their best to pick up a point or three against red hot Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium in Saturday's late match. The possibility that rumored Arsenal summer target Williams may miss out will have Michael Laudrup at least a little worried. Given Arsenal's strong run of results neither Williams nor a potential replacement are worthwhile fantasy options.
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 04:53:00 PM

Swansea are rumored to be contemplating center back roulette with Ashley Williams again rumored to be headed to the Emirates with Moreno the rumored replacement.

The Williams-to-Arsenal rumors have been circulating all summer with Thomas Vermaelen's injury merely heightening the speculation. The new wrinkle is the addition of a potential replacement at Swansea in the form of Mexican International Hector Moreno. The 25 year-old has been capped 46 times for Mexico while climbing the ranks in Europe from Holland (AZ) to Spain (Espanyol). The addition of specificity in the form of Moreno's name gives the rumor at least some additional credence.
Source: Daily Mirror
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 04:18:00 PM