Charlton Athletic midfielder and ex-Palace fan favourite Jonny Williams has revealed that he hasn’t always felt a part of Palace’s pre-season plans.
In an interview with South London Press, Williams reveals that this current campaign at Charlton has been the most enjoyable start to a season that he has ever had in his career.
So far, the Addicks have had a 100 per cent record in the Championship and sit second in the league after two games. Williams – who has regularly struggled with injuries in the past – has started both league games versus Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City, impressing his manager Lee Bowyer with his fitness and work off the ball (News Shopper).
Speaking to the South London Press, Williams said: “I’ve always wanted to be in a team and doing a pre-season where I will be at that team. I’d never had that in my career.
“I’d always been with Palace at the start but not quite in the squad and then loaned out after the season started. It hasn’t always felt like I’m part of it.
“Luckily I went away for pre-season with Charlton and I only missed a few days. Now we have got two wins out of two after facing two very good teams. It’s amazing really, we keep riding the wave from last year.”
It’s been a tough road for Jonny Williams in his career: the former Palace player was part of the furniture at Selhurst Park for a while yet his career never really got going. Injuries coupled with Palace’s best ever spell as a club has meant opportunities were always tough for the Welshman.
In a career that spanned 17 years at Selhurst Park, Williams only ever started 16 games in the league for Palace – appearing in a total of 55 league matches for the club. To put that into context, Williams has been at Charlton for less than nine months, and he has now started the same amount of games for them as he has the Eagles, according to Soccerbase.
For this reason, it is hardly difficult to understand why Williams is so optimistic about this season and happy that he is playing regular football. At 25 he has never had a full season playing regularly at a club, so now he has an opportunity to fully impose himself as an important and influential player.
He is already having an impact. The creative midfielder is already the joint-top assist provider in the Championship with two and the top at the club. He is also averaging 2.5 key passes per game, which is far more than anyone else within that Charlton side (WhoScored).
Even if Charlton and Palace are local rivals, they can both conjoin in their mutual respect for Jonny Williams.
Williams is deserved of a full season to show off his capabilities. This is something of an unknown for the midfielder, so it should be exciting to see how far he can take this Charlton team.
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