This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Swansea City are reportedly one of four Championship clubs keen on Liverpool right-back Neco Williams.
TEAMtalk has reported that the Anfield outfit are considering sending Williams out on loan.
There’s no shortage of interest from the second tier, with Barnsley, Cardiff City, Swansea City and Stoke City linked, whilst Norwich City and Burnley are also believed to be keen on reaching an agreement to land his signature.
So, would he be a good signing for the Swans? And is he needed?
We quizzed our Football League World writers to see what they make of Swansea’s rumoured interest in Williams this summer.
This could be a smart signing by Steve Cooper’s side.
Williams is a Welsh international, and you would imagine that a move to the Liberty Stadium with Swansea City will tempt the youngster.
He needs regular game time to further his development in senior football, and I think Swansea could offer him that heading into the new league campaign.
Steve Cooper is clearly trusted when it comes to giving loanees game time, with Chelsea’s Marc Guehi being a good example of this in recent months.
I like the sound of this potential agreement between Liverpool and Swansea this summer.
This would be a very positive signing for Swansea to be making this summer, with Neco Williams a player with a lot of talent and he would likely be amongst the best players in the Championship in his position if he did make the move to the Liberty Stadium.
The Wales international would perfectly suit the way that Steve Cooper sets his side up and you could see him offering a lot of flexibility to play either as a wing-back or in a back four. That means that Cooper would be able to transition between the two systems he has used at times at the Liberty Stadium more easily.
Liverpool will have noticed how good Cooper is at improving young and talented players, and he did that with Rhian Brewster and enabled them to sell him on for a sizeable fee following his short spell with the Swans. Therefore Swansea will be an attractive potential destination for the defender in the Premier League club’s eyes.
Williams is the sort of signing that would show that Swansea are serious about going again next season and mounting a real challenge for promotion to the Premier League.
I could see this being a very good signing for Swansea if they are able to get it done.
Williams is a player who clearly has plenty of potential, having worked his way through the youth ranks at a club such as Liverpool, to now find himself in and around the first-team in the past couple of years.
Indeed, that is something that means he ought to be familiar with Steve Cooper given the Swansea manager’s previous role in the Anfield club’s youth setup, meaning you would imagine that a move to the Liberty Stadium for Williams could help to get the best out of him.
However, given Swansea already have two right-backs on their books in Connor Roberts and Kyle Naughton, it would be interesting to see just where Williams might be able to fit in if he does make the move to Wales this summer, and you wonder whether that may mean there are greater priorities for the Swans in the next few months.