Playing an integral part in Crystal Palace’s promotion-winning season, Jonny Williams’ Palace career hasn’t gone the way he would have wanted it to since the South London outfit earnt promotion to the Premier League.
The Welshman came through the academy ranks at Crystal Palace, and played 29 times in the 2012-13 season for the Eagles, culminating in their play-off win against Watford at Wembley Stadium. A technically gifted midfielder and an excellent dribbler, Williams is a unique player who helps teams dominate the ball.
In the Premier League, Williams’ small-build looked to count against him, and the attacking-midfielder struggled to have an impact on games. The now 24-year-old spent the majority of his first season in the top-flight on the bench. This has led to the Kent-born made going on five consecutive loan spells away from Selhurst Park.
Since his move to Portman Road to play for Ipswich Town on a loan-deal in the 2014/15 season, he has taken in loans spells at Nottingham Forest, Milton Keynes Dons and Sunderland, also taking in another spell in Suffolk with Ipswich. These loans have been of varying success, with Williams suffering relegation with both MK Dons and Sunderland.
The Welsh international, who was part of the Chris Coleman Wales squad which made the semi-finals of the 2016 Euros in France, should be bold and look to move away from his boyhood club. Williams came through the ranks at Palace, and feels a close affinity to the club, but caught in a cycle of loan-deals to weaker Championship sides is going to do nothing for either his confidence or his career. He should look to move away in January, and find himself an ambitious Championship club where he will be a guaranteed starter, this will also put him back on the radar of Wales boss Ryan Giggs.