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Ashley Williams | Defensemen | #5

Team: Everton
Age / DOB:  (32) / 8/23/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 157

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Ashley Williams won a penalty and earned a clean sheet in a big win for Everton over Stoke City on Saturday at Goodison Park.
It could have gone better in the attack with Romelu Lukaku and Yannick Bolasie both in the starting line-up but the result is what matters. The key play of the match saw Phil Bardsley trip Ashley Williams in the area as Williams was trying to run on to a set piece. The penalty was taken by Leighton Baines and, while Baines hit the bar, his shot rebounded off the post and hit Shay Given on the back and went in off the Stoke City keeper for the winner. Aug 27 - 11:56 AM
Source: espnfc.com

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Ashley Williams is likely to need another 10 days training before Ronald Koeman will consider the former Swansea skipper for a place in the Everton starting XI.

The Toffees confirmed the signing of Williams on Wednesday for £12m, and while many expected the Wales international to be thrown straight in against Tottenham, Koeman revealed he needs to improve his fitness levels following a late return from the European Championships. The Dutchman also confirmed during today’s press conference that Romelu Lukaku "is doubtful because of the cut from the Espanyol game," that despite his optimism only five days earlier. Gerard Deulofeu could lead the line if the striker fails to recover. In addition, Seamus Coleman "has [an ankle] problem as well" and the full-back will face a late fitness test. Matthew Pennington is ruled out for the foreseeable future after suffering extensive damage to his hamstring.
Aug 11 - 12:51 PM

Swansea City have sold their club captain Ashley Williams to Everton for a transfer fee believed to be about £12m.

Everton have landed themselves a very dependable proven center back with plenty of leadership. Williams played every minute of last season until the end when he was given rest ahead of his duties with the Wales national team in Euro 2016. He rarely gets injured and is a bonus magnet in the FPL game, making his 5m price tag more enticing as he switches to a club that looks to keep more clean sheets over the course of the season than the Swans will if he had stayed. Right now, he would seem to start alongside Phil Jageilka when the latter is fit, but, Ronald Koeman is looking to sign Lamine Kone as well, which would call into question Jagielka's future. Williams will start every match when fit, that much is certain. Meanwhile, Swansea City will have a tough time replacing a figure like Williams and will now have to roll with two choices from Federico Fernandez, Jordi Amat and new signing Mike van der Hoorn.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 11 - 12:42 AM

Swansea City captain Ashley Williams appears to be heading to Everton as the two sides have agreed on a £12m deal for the defender.

Only yesterday, the Swans sold one of their key attacking players, Andre Ayew, and now they are set to part ways with the club captain and anchor of their back line. Everton have quickly moved to replace the parting John Stones and get a veteran leader who should slot in quickly as a regular for Ronald Koeman. His 5m FPL price tag has now gathered value as he moves to a club that should post a better defensive record than Swansea will this season. Meanwhile, the Jacks will need to anoint a new captain and the central defense partnership should consist of Federico Fernandez and one of Jordi Amat or summer signing Mike van der Hoorn. Even Stephen Kingsley could get a crack at regular playing time at some point this season in this quickly-transitioning squad.
Source: Wales Online
Aug 9 - 7:34 AM

Swansea City has reaffirmed that the club has no intention of selling Ashley Williams this summer after rejecting a bid for Everton.

The club released a statement saying the club captain is not for sale this summer despite reports linking him with a summer exit: "Ashley Williams is an important part of our squad and club and we are not looking to sell him, and therefore we have turned down the offer currently on the table." Williams has just returned from his post-Euro break after captaining Wales to the semifinals this summer and new Everton manager Ronald Koeman was keen to add the center-half for £10 million before the Swans denied the offer.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 2 - 6:18 PM

Ashley Williams is the latest of Swansea's key players being looked at as a possible transfer target, with Everton showing interest.

Everton look to be preparing for life without John Stones and Williams would certainly provide a quality replacement. A potential partnership with Phil Jageilka may lack in youth and quickness but would make up for it in experience in leadership. It just does not seem a move the Swans can afford. Andre Ayew is being pursued by West Ham United as well, which would leave Gylfi Sigurdsson the only player one could consider an established star. The rumor appears to be far from materializing at this time, but the Englishman is believed to be worth around £10m if the Swans decided to sell. How they can afford to enter the coming season without a striker and potentially without their club captain is difficult to understand if they have any intention of staying clear of the relegation zone.
Aug 1 - 11:20 AM

Ashley Williams is expected to be available to face Belgium in one of the biggest games in Wales national team history.

The Swansea City captain went down with a shoulder injury after colliding with Jonny Williams against Northern Ireland, but manager Chris Coleman said he expects the defender to be fit for the quarterfinals: "We think it was when he fell and landed on his hand with a straight arm which had an impact on his shoulder," Coleman said. "But he is okay. Ashley will be fine. It sounds better actually, that he would play with a dislocated shoulder - and he would if we let him. But it was not...'I would not say he was a worry or a doubt, but we know we have to look after him. I would be surprised if he does not make the game.''
Source: BBC Sport
Jun 28 - 4:42 AM

Chris Coleman is expected to provide an update on Ashley Williams during today’s press conference after the Wales skipper injured his shoulder during Saturday’s last-16 win over Northern Ireland.

Williams collided heavily with team-mate Jonny Williams deep into the second half but managed to see the game out after receiving lengthy treatment. However, the Swansea central defender was sent for a scan on Sunday to determine the extent of the damage and is rated as touch and go for the upcoming quarter-final with Belgium. "The next 24 to 48 hours will be key, whether it's bruising and just impact, or whether there's damage to any ligaments or a tear in his muscle," said the Wales boss post-match. "We won't really know until [Sunday], but he was struggling, couldn't move his arm." If Williams fails to recover then West Ham’s James Collins is expected to step into the fray with Aaron Ramsey taking the captains armband.
Source: Wales Online
Jun 27 - 5:34 AM

Gareth Bale scored from a free kick for the second time in as many matches in the European Championship but England would score twice unanswered in the second half to defeat Wales, 2-1.

England was well in control for the majority of the match but Wales were able to make the best of their one opportunity in the first half to take the lead. In the 42 minute, Gareth Bale delivered a long-range free kick that Joe Hart could only get a touch to push it inside the post after some questionable footwork. The Welsh defense did well to maintain their composure despite being kept very busy but they finally began to crack in the second half when England made some changes. The Three Lions would equalize when a cross into the area was directed by the head of Ashley William's straight into the path of the always dangerous Jamie Vardy, who punished the mistake with a goal from point blank range. Wales looked to hold on for the draw as the match entered stoppage time, but Sturridge would spoil that plan with a late strike. They are in a dead heat now with Slovakia for second place in their group, sitting on three points with an even goal differential, three for and three against.
Source: Guardian
Jun 16 - 11:38 AM

Francesco Guidolin says Ashley Williams "will not play again this season" as he believes the center back is in need of rest while Jefferson Montero will miss out as he nurses a knock.

After making through the season with very little injury impact, the Swans appear to be dropping like flies in the last two weeks. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Neil Taylor have already been ruled out of the match against West Ham on Saturday and it sounds like Williams is all but guaranteed to sit this one out as well. Jordi Amat will likely come in to partner Federico Fernandez in central defense while Wayne Routledge looks the favorite to start on the left wing. The absence of key players for the Swans is only making West Ham investment stronger for this gameweek than it already was.
May 5 - 1:41 PM

Arsenal got everything else they wanted this week but they couldn't jump back in the title race as they dropped a 2-1 decision to Swansea City at the Emirates.

Wayne Routledge and Ashley Williams may be the two players who effectively dumped Arsenal out of the title race and put their Champions League prospects back in doubt for next season as the Gunners lost 2-1 to traveling Swansea City. Arsenal opened the scoring through Joel Campbell but saw Routledge even the score and Williams provide the go-ahead goal. With Leicester City drawing and Spurs and Manchester City losing this was a golden opportunity lost for Arsene Wenger's side.
Source: espnfc.com
Mar 2 - 5:08 PM

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.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 18 - 5:10 PM

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