Report: Sheffield United want Ashley Williams after Everton release

Manager Chris Wilder of Sheffield United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Reading at Bramall Lane on February 16, 2019 in Sheffield, England.

Everton released Ashley Williams this summer, but he could end up staying in the Premier League.

Ashley Williams of Stoke battles with Teemu Pukki of Norwich during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Norwich City at the Bet365 Stadium on April 22, 2019 in Stoke-on-...

According to a report from The Sun (8/6; page 67), Ashley Williams is on Sheffield United's radar following the news that he has been released by Everton this summer.

Williams' Goodison Park departure came as no surprise after the Wales international spent the campaign on loan with Stoke City in the Championship having seemingly found himself immediately ruled out of Marco Silva's plans.

 

But while he may now no longer be an Everton player, it does appear that he may get the chance to stay in the Premier League, with The Sun (8/6; page 67) reporting that the Blades are weighing up whether to offer 34-year-old a deal.

Good move for Sheffield United?

Williams has been an excellent servant in the Premier League, and did initially look to be decent value when the Toffees spent £12 million to sign him from Swansea (fee reported by BBC Sport).

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

He is coming towards the end of his career, but his experience and leadership qualities could be beneficial to Chris Wilder's side. They were outstanding in the Championship this past season, but they do arguably lack players who have a significant number of top flight appearances under their belt.

As a squad player, Williams could perhaps be a surprisingly good signing. But given the struggles towards the end of his Everton spell and his somewhat ordinary time at Stoke, Wilder is arguably taking a gamble if he sees the centre-back as an important target.

Chris Wilder the head

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