Will getting rid of Williams be a priority as Everton eye younger models?

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on February 3, 2018 in London, England.

Ashley Williams has been awful for Merseyside giants Everton in the Premier League this season and a replacement is needed fast.

Ashley Williams of Everton celebrates as he scores their first goal during the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Everton FC and Olympique Lyon at Goodison Park on October 19, 2017...

Ashley Williams could be on borrowed time at Everton.

The veteran Welshman has endured an error-strewn season at Goodison Park and has been perhaps the worst in a dreadful defensive bunch.

And according to the Sun (22 January, page 50), Williams could have been on his way out of Goodison Park had Everton managed to secure the signing of Adama Soumaoro from Lille.

Nantes' Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala (L) challenges Lille's French defender Adama Soumaoro during the French L1 football match between Nantes and Lille at the Beaujoire stadium in...

By the end of the window, however, the Ligue 1 strugglers rejected the Toffees’ £19 million bid, as reported by La Voix da Nord, meaning that Soumaoro and Williams stayed put.

But Everton will surely make signing a young defender a priority in the summer amid reports in Sport that they were keen to sign Espanyol’s 22-year-old Mario Hermoso for around £7.1 million.

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona is fouled by Mario Hermoso of RCD Espanyol during the Spanish Copa del Rey Quarter Final Second Leg match between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou...

The likes of Hermoso and Soumaoro - rising talents whose best years lie ahead of them - could be the perfect addition to a creaking Everton defence containing the likes of Williams and Phil Jagielka.

It is quite damning, after all, that the 33-year-old Williams, who cost £12 million from Swansea City 18 months ago, has featured 21 times in the Premier League this season despite some truly horrific performances under both Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce.

He did not exactly cover himself in glory during Saturday’s 5-1 thrashing at Arsenal either.

Sam Allardyce, or whoever is sat in the Goodison Park dugout by the end of the season, has a big job on his hands reviving a misshapen Everton squad. Plenty of additions are needed all over the pitch.

And ageing, declining has-beens like Williams should be the first to make way.

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