Jonathan Williams’ career has stalled in recent seasons. The lack of consistency that comes with a string of separate loan spells looks to have taken its toll, and now there seems to be no future for him with Crystal Palace.
Transfermarkt value Williams at £900k, though with him entering the final year of his current contract at Selhust Park, it is likely that the Eagles would accept less in exchange for the playmaker.
At 24-years-old, the attacking midfielder really could do with finding a permanent new club and ending this series of loan spells that has seen him ply his trade with Ipswich Town, Nottingham Forest, MK Dons, and Sunderland, all in the past 3 seasons.
Williams has struggled to maintain any kind of form in this period, and as such has faded out of the Wales international set up.
At this stage in his career, there is still time for the Palace man to get back on track, he just needs a new club to take a punt on him.
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds would be smart to make themselves that club.
If Bielsa were to bring Williams to Elland Road for a bargain price, then he’ll have acquired an excellent squad option who’ll be desperate to prove his worth at Championship level.
With the likes of Mateusz Klich and Eunan O’Kane struggling to cope with the standard of the second tier, there would be a window of opportunity for Williams to force his way into the first team at Leeds.
Bielsa’s midfield lacks creativity, and the Welshman’s inventiveness could go a long way towards getting the best out of the likes of Kemar Roofe and Samu Saiz.
The decision to offer Williams a lifeline now is certainly a gamble, albeit a fairly low cost one. It could also prove to be a transfer masterstroke down the line though, if Leeds do decide to roll the dice.