Bristol City are reportedly on the verge of completing a deal for the Wales captain Ashley Williams.
Ryan Giggs revealed that Williams has ‘more or less’ joined the West Country club, despite Lee Johnson distancing himself from the transfer (Bristol Post).
The 34-year-old defender was snapped in a Bristol City tracksuit prior to their impressive 2-1 win over Derby at Pride Park, according to the Bristol Post.
The captain was dropped from the Welsh squad this week – even though Giggs has reassured Wales fans that it does not mean he is dropped as captain, it’s just that he hasn’t had a pre-season.
Speaking to Wales Online, Giggs said: “Regarding the players, obviously the big one is Ash, he’s not involved in the squad.
“He’s yet to find a club, I think he’s more or less signed for Bristol City, I know he’s in talks with them. He’s not done a pre-season.
“I spoke with Ash last week and he was fine about it. It wasn’t a surprise to him. He hasn’t let me down, and he’s been brilliant for me as a captain on and off the pitch.
“It wasn’t an easy decision but we have players who are playing, especially in his position so I’m just being fair to those players really. If he plays games then he’ll be involved.”
The club did bring in Tomas Kalas permanently, however, he was on loan at the club last season so it doesn’t really fully replace Adam Webster.
With Johnson favouring three at centre-back in his last three games, you can see why cover is needed in that position. In the past match versus Derby, Tomas Kalas, Nathan Baker and Taylor Moore started in that roles, and according to Transfermarkt, the club only have one more centre-back in Bailey Wright.
Additionally, Bristol City are lacking experience within their squad, which is where Williams could come in particularly useful – especially considering he’s been promoted with Swansea before in 2011. Indeed, at the moment Bristol City have the seventh youngest squad in the division.
On a short-term deal, Williams could be smart business from Bristol City. Having someone who has been there and done it around the squad could really benefit the side considering there aren’t many who have in that team.
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