Williams has left Goodison Park, on a temporary arrangement at least, after two seasons with the Toffees. Last time out though, the 33-year-old’s form took a real dip and now the veteran has been forced back down to Championship level after finding himself surplus to requirements on Merseyside.
Williams will be hoping that he can rediscover his best form whilst on loan with the Potters, and that regular game time in the second tier will prove enough to maintain his involvement in the Wales international set up.
Meanwhile, Stoke fans will want to see Williams demonstrate his leadership on the pitch and his experience put to good use as part of their back line.
However, the arrival of Williams could see Bruno Martins Indi depart the club. The Dutch international won’t be thrilled about the prospect of second tier football, and the offer of a return to a top flight side somewhere could be too good to turn down.
Stoke themselves may struggle to hang on to the 26-year-old should he decide he wants to move on this summer and a big offer comes in.
Wolves should act fast and take advantage of Stoke’s relegation by making a move for Martins Indi.
The Wolves defence is full of talent and technical quality, but it is lacking top level experience and physicality. Martins Indi would bring both of these things to Nuno Espirito Santo’s defensive contingent.
The Stoke man’s versatility – which allows him to operate comfortably as a left-back, as well as in the heart of the defence – would also make him an asset at Molineux.
Nuno has been very impressive in the transfer market in recent windows, and the Premier League newcomers look to have recruited well so far this summer too. If the midlands outfit are serious about taking the top flight by storm though, further reinforcements need to be brought in.
The arrival of Martins Indi would take Nuno one big step further towards seeing his squad ready for the gruelling campaign ahead.