Jonny Williams' missed Sunderland opportunity hardly boosts Crystal Palace hopes

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Burnley at Selhurst Park on January 13, 2018 in London, England.

Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace sent Jonny Williams on loan to Sunderland last summer, but he's started just seven Championship games.

Wales' midfielder Jonathan Williams (C) is marked by Northern Ireland's defender Jonny Evans (R) during the Euro 2016 round of sixteen football match Wales vs Northern Ireland, on June 25,...

Jonny Williams is one of the few players in Sunderland’s limited squad with the technique and vision to create something out of nothing.

And he knows Chris Coleman well too - the former Wales boss frequently getting the best out of this diminutive little midfielder at international level.

Unfortunately, however, Williams hasn't been able to lead a survival push under Coleman on Wearside - because the injury problems that have dogged the Crystal Palace loanee’s career continue.

Chris Coleman manager of Sunderland reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Reading at Stadium of Light on December 2, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

Williams has made just 12 Championship appearances all season, and was forced off after just half an hour as Sunderland slumped further into the relegation mire with a damaging 1-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday afternoon.

And it seems that supporters have now ran out of faith in a player whose chance to make an impression away from Crystal Palace have been left in ruins.

So at the age of just 24, Williams could be caught between a rock and a hard place. He hasn't started a single Premier League game since Crystal Palace’s promotion to the top flight in 2013 and has spent most of the last few years on loan at the likes of Nottingham Forest, Ipswich Town and MK Dons – during which time Williams hasn’t really proven that he deserves a chance at Selhurst Park.

Jonny Williams #20 of Crystal Palace FC controls the ball against the Columbus Crew in an international friendly match on July 23, 2014 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

As it stands, his contract is due to expire in the summer of 2019 and a missed opportunity at Sunderland hardly boosts his chances of forcing his way into Roy Hodgson’s plans.

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