PICTURE: Swansea City team captain Ashley Williams in Ajax shirt


This does not mean a shock move to Dutch football is on the cards. No the Arsenal and Liverpool transfer target was simply paying homage to his current gaffer.

Swansea City have had a truly remarkable season this year. Many a pundit (including myself) predicted them to struggle this term after the departure of Brendan Rodgers, Scott Sinclair and Joe Allen in the summer; along with the failure to tie down Gylfi Sigurdsson to a full-time deal at the Liberty Stadium.

However new manager Michael Laudrup has steadied the ship in some style this term with some astute signings in the transfer market and a slight tinkering with the tactics that have made them as clinical as they have been attractive in recent years.

However their recent form has certainly suffered a dip. Ever since winning the Carling Cup back in February they have struggled to get motivated for the rest of the season with European football already confirmed and being in no danger of a relegation fight.

But they are however in danger of dropping out of the top ten after their recent form with Southampton, Fulham and West Ham all breathing down their necks going into the final run-in of the campaign.

So the club need to keep spirits high in any way they can; what a better way than to pay homage to your legendary manager?

Indeed the reason Ashley Williams has been pictured wearing an Ajax shirt has nothing to do with a potentially shocking switch to Dutch football but more due to the fact it was a replica kit from 1997-98 with ‘Laudrup 11’ adorning its rear.

Williams himself has been linked with a move away to Arsenal or Liverpool next summer and he would find it much harder to procure a Ballymena United shirt with ‘Rodgers’ on the back or indeed a RC Strasbourg shirt with ‘Wenger’ emblazoned on the back.

Hopefully the obvious bond between the two will mean good things for Swansea City fans regarding their captain next season.

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