Swansea fans react to Ashley Williams' move to Everton

Swansea City's Ashley Williams, Garry Monk and Nathan Dyer celebrate winning the Capital One Cup Final with the trophy

Swansea City supporters are taking to Twitter to pay tribute to Ashley Williams as he leaves for Everton.

Swansea City's Ashley Williams, Garry Monk and Nathan Dyer celebrate winning the Capital One Cup Final with the trophy

Yesterday it was confirmed that Swansea City and Wales captain Ashley Williams would be leaving the Liberty Stadium and moving to Goodison Park

Upon his departure, Williams told Everton's official website: "I've had eight great years at Swansea and, for me, the new challenge was something I felt I needed, so I'm delighted to have joined Everton."

England's John StonesEverton moved quickly for Williams after John Stones was sold to Manchester City

While the general feeling among Everton fans is that they have managed to pull off some smart business, particularly with John Stones heading to Manchester City for £47.5 million, Swansea fans and players have been paying tribute as they come to terms with the loss of their talisman.

His ubiquity with Swansea since he arrived from Stockport in 2008 cannot be denied.

Everton are quickly realising what a highly-rated player they have acquired based on Swansea fans' tributes to the man.

For some, the conversation has already moved on to how best to replace Williams.

Wales' Ashley Williams reactsThe 31-year-old has captained Wales since 2012

With the Swans starting their Premier League campaign on Saturday against Burnley - and with pundits such as Paul Merson having predicted that Swansea may be involved in a relegation scrap this year even before Williams' move was confirmed - it is vital that the Liberty Stadium side are not too adversely affected by their former captain's departure.

When Swansea take to the field on Saturday afternoon, they will begin life without their talisman for the first time in eight years. How they deal with his departure will have a huge say on whether or not they remain a Premier League side beyond this campaign.

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