A decision which adds pressure on Ashley Williams to snub Arsenal and Liverpool

Garry Monk may have just dealt a blow to any chance of Liverpool and Arsenal being able to sign Ashley Williams.

Monk’s decision to step down as the captain of Swansea City means Williams is free to take the armband permanently and it would be a very confusing decision if he took it before promptly leaving the club.

Arsenal and Liverpool have both been tracking Williams for several months with Brendan Rodgers having already fought against his own board to try and get a deal for Williams commissioned.

However, there are certain responsibilities which come with being the captain of a Premier League team and although it wasn’t Monk’s direct intention with his decision, there’s no doubt it’s helped.

Williams assumed the captaincy frequently last season, with Monk anything but a regular, but offering it to him on a full time basis will certainly add pressure on the defender to stay, and make up his mind quickly.

Williams has come to define everything about the current Swansea side; a superb passing team which uses tactics but also retains that bit of grit and determination which you need to succeed at the top level.

His new role means he is the identity of the club, the man who represents the Swans away from the pitch which is not a role he would be able to do if he was leaving without feeling extremely guilty in the process.

“I'm totally focused on things we need to improve on from last season - I don't really read any of that stuff, I'm just fully focused on what my job is here. I just take it as a nice compliment... it means I must be doing something well,” said Williams.

The fact he’s captain also means there is little chance that he is ever going to be dropped by Michael Laudrup unless he has a terrible run of games, which threatens his own position in the team.

It’s also important to look at his age, 28-years-old, the fact he’s not too far away from his 30s.

Williams is not new to captaincy, having experienced the role at various points last season but he may never have another chance to be the permanent captain of a Premier League team if he moves away now.

Arsenal and Liverpool could still react, go back to the drawing board and bring a lot of cash to the table, possibly more than what Swansea think the player is worth.

The point is Monk has just elevated the status of someone who would have already known how important he was to the club, their future and everything Laudrup is trying to achieve.

It could be very easy for Williams to take the short term option but he’s been at Swansea since 2008, which suggests he’d rather complete the journey as captain of a side trying to break into the top six and top four of the league over going for the quick and easy access route.

Has Monk just made it harder for Williams to leave?

image: © swans100

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