Aston Villa are interested in a deal to bring Brandon Williams to Villa Park this summer.
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Should Gerrard sign Williams?
As stated in the piece, Williams has aspirations to break into Erik ten Hag’s first team this season, but as per the report, recent claims suggest that he would be available to leave his boyhood club this window.
Williams serves as a cheaper alternative to the likes of Calvin Bassey and Aaron Hickey – who have also been linked with moves to Villa Park – and would cost a substantial amount more – with Bassey said to be worth £25m and Hickey rated at around £18m, respectively.
£10m would feel like a steal for a right-footed left-back who is also capable as a right-back.
It would also give Gerrard an inverted option at full-back, which could be of huge benefit in the attacking phase of the game. We have of course seen the effectiveness of fellow right-footer Joao Cancelo at left-back, so if Williams was comfortable in occupying central spaces within the Villa build-up, he could offer another option to the Lions boss Gerrard.
Williams – dubbed “special” by Laurie Whitwell and labelled an “immense talent” by Lee Ryder – has also proven himself as an astute defensive asset across the last 365 days, registering a combined 4.97 tackles & interceptions per 90, with 5.18 touches occurring in his defensive penalty area, demonstrating his defensive-minded approach and awareness defensively.
If Gerrard is in the market for a young, cheap and hungry left-back who can form as an understudy to Lucas Digne, then Williams represents a very interesting option for Aston Villa and Johan Lange.