Huddersfield Town were victorious at Wembley
As Huddersfield Town’s Christopher Schindler fired home the winning penalty at Wembley, Danny Williams sunk to his knees in despair.
The American international might have played his final game for Reading with his contract expiring this summer but that is not the way he would have wanted his four year association to end – with Reading missing out on the Premier League by virtue of the spot-kick lottery.
According to The Reading Chronicle, Williams was on The Royals’ ‘released list’, issued last week, as he continues to mull over a new contract at the Madejski. Ironically, Huddersfield have registered their interest.
And the 28-year-old’s desire to play Premier League football makes the prospect of joining Reading’s Wembley conquerors rather more appealing.
Therefore, Leeds United would certainly be up against it if they wanted to renew their interest this summer. The Reading Chronicle claims that The Whites, as well as Championship rivals Wolves, were hoping to nab Williams on a cut-price deal in 2016.
Leeds could attempt to go one better this time around, however, and sign the tenacious enforcer on a free.
Though Williams’ dream to play at the highest possible level means a Leeds side who missed out on the play-offs last season may face an uphill struggle, doubts surrounding the future of captain Liam Bridcutt means they should not give up their pursuit.
The Sun claimed that former Leeds boss Garry Monk is interested in taking Bridcutt with him to new club Middlesbrough. And Williams is one of the few players in the Championship capable of matching the skipper’s energy and ball-winning ability in midfield.
He is, in many ways, the perfect replacement.
And Leeds should at least attempt to make it second time lucky this summer.