Leeds should target Ashley Williams as their own John Terry

Ashley Williams of Everton celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on December 13, 2016 in Liverpool,...

Leeds United should look at Ashley Williams' situation this summer.

Ashley Williams of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Burnley at Goodison Park on October 1, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Leeds United reached out to Everton last summer to loan defender Matthew Pennington, but the centre-back has not really done enough to justify a permanent move.

This summer Leeds should try again, this time by attempting to take Ashley Williams' off their hands on a permanent basis.

Williams has captained Everton this season but has been struggling for form, and fans are keen that he is replaced this summer.

The centre-back has had a superb career but he is beginning to look vulnerable at Premier League level, and like John Terry, would benefit greatly from a step down into the Championship.

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton in discussion with Ashley Williams of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Swansea City at Goodison Park on December 18, 2017 in...

Williams at Swansea kept last season's Leeds fan favourite Kyle Bartley out of their side, and his international exploits showed why.

The defender was superb as Wales reached the Euro 2016 semi-finals, and that same summer was linked to Arsenal before Everton swooped.

This year has been one of the toughest of Williams' career, and cutting ties with Everton this summer will be for the best.

Ashley Williams of Everton celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on December 13, 2016 in Liverpool,...

It is up to him whether he is set on staying in the Premier League, but Williams will turn 34 in August and he should look at John Terry's Aston Villa success and consider the benefits of dropping down a level.

Leeds would be smart to make the Wales international captain a top priority as they search for a reliable partner for Pontus Jansson.

Signing a goalkeeper is also going to be a priority but adding another leader at the heart of their defence would transform a side which have been low on character through a terrible 2018.

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