Barry Horne offers his assessment of Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams of Wales attends a press conference at Stade de Lyon

The defender joined Everton from Swansea City earlier this week.

Wales' Ashley WilliamsWales' Ashley Williams

Everton legend Barry Horne has labelled Ashley Williams as a fabulous old-fashioned defender whilst speaking to the club’s official website.

The defender joined the Blues this week in a move from Swansea City, becoming Ronald Koeman’s third signing of the summer.

He arrives as a direct replacement for John Stones, who completed a big money move to Manchester City just a day before Williams’ arrival at Goodison Park.

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

It is hopes that the Wales international can add some much needed defensive steel to a back line that was porous to say the least last season.

Horne certainly seems to be impressed by his old club’s latest recruit, describing him as a fabulous, old-fashioned defender.

“He’s a fabulous, good old-fashioned centre half whose priority is defending,” he told the club’s official website.

“Everton is a bigger club than Swansea and has been for about 125 years. So it’s a big move for him. It’s time for him to test himself at a club with slightly higher ambitions.”

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

It now remains to be seen if Williams can help to improve Everton’s defence this season.

There is no denying that it needs serious improvement, with that area of the team having been a major flaw over the last two years.

Much of that was built on their inability to do the basics correctly, something that Stones in particular came in for criticism for, and it will be interesting to see how Williams old-fashioned approach is receive by the Everton fans.

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