Ronald Koeman hails leader Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams celebrates scoring the second goal for Swansea City

The defender completed a move to Everton from Swansea City on Wednesday.

Swansea's Ashley Williams celebrates scoring their first goalSwansea's Ashley Williams celebrates scoring their first goal

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has hailed Ashley Williams as a leader to the club’s official website after the defender completed a move from Swansea City.

The Wales international made the move to Goodison Park on Wednesday, signing a three-year deal with the Toffees.

He comes in as a direct replacement for John Stones, who completed a big money move to Manchester City on Tuesday.

Ashley Williams celebrates scoring the second goal for Swansea CityAshley Williams celebrates scoring the second goal for Swansea City

He also adds some much needed experience to a relatively young Blues squad that lacked leadership under Roberto Martinez in the last two years.

And Koeman has hailed his latest signing, saying he is the kind of player that his side needs.

“We wanted to bring in a strong player in the central defence position, a player who knows the Premier League and Ashley fits the bill,” he told the club’s official website.

“He is an experienced defender and the kind of player we need in the team. He is a leader. He showed this at Swansea and he has shown it for his country.”

Everton's Phil JagielkaEverton's Phil Jagielka

It now remains to be seen if Williams’ leadership skills see him named as the new Everton captain.

Phil Jagielka currently occupies the role but Evertonians have consistently questioned whether he has the qualities to occupy the role, especially when they struggled under Roberto Martinez.

With Koeman speaking so highly of Williams’ leadership skills, perhaps he is considering a change in captain as a new era at Goodison Park gets properly underway.

Everton manager Ronaldo KoemanEverton manager Ronaldo Koeman

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