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Ashley Williams | Defensemen

Team: Swansea City
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/23/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 157

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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. Mar 17 - 8:58 PM

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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.
Jan 30 - 4:12 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
Jan 17 - 7:18 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.
Source: ESPNFC.com
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

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

Ashley Williams, a long-rumored target for Arsenal and Liverpool, is apparently getting no closer to a move to the Emirates due to Swansea's £10 million asking price.

Writing that Arsenal are scared off by a particular player's price tag has become a bit axiomatic in recent years. Be it Fellaini or Williams this summer or others in previous years, the point isn't that they can't afford the player but rather whether Arsene Wenger thinks that the player is properly valued. £10 million for Williams doesn't seem outrageous but it certainly isn't a bargain either as the player will be a year from his 30th birthday when the 2013-14 season kicks off. I'd expect Arsenal (or Liverpool) to look to buy younger or agree on a lower fee between £7 and £8 million maybe for Williams.
Source: TeamTalk.com
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 05:25:00 PM

Reports today indicate that Arsenal and Liverpool target Ashley Williams may be sold to fund spending elsewhere this summer. The Williams rumors have been consistent since January.

With rumors circulating that Thomas Vermaelen may be sold by Arsenal both the Gunners and Liverpool would make sense as destinations for Williams. In both cases, he would be moving to a team that plays a similar passing style to the one he has found success with at Swansea. At Liverpool, he would be reunited with Brendan Rodgers while at Arsenal he would get a chance to make the move up to the Champions League.
Tue, May 28, 2013 02:53:00 PM

Swansea defender Ashley Williams says he "...just reads it in the papers like everyone else." when asked about rumors of a potential transfer to either Arsenal or Liverpool.

Ashley Williams would fill a big need at Liverpool who are losing the retiring Jamie Carragher for sure while there are questions about the futures of Daniel Agger and Martin Skertl and the quality of Sebastian Coates. Given his previous success with Manager Brendan Rodgers, Williams could be the perfect fit.
Mon, May 20, 2013 11:19:00 AM