Bristol City centre-back Ashley Williams, who has only lost one in seven games that he has featured in this season for the Robins, has been discussing influential captain Josh Brownhill.
Brownhill popped up in the box to score the 98th minute winner against Charlton Athletic on Wednesday night to send Ashton Gate wild, as the skipper wheeled away to celebrate his second goal of the season.
Williams said: “From what I can see, it’s a bit like if Browny plays well then the team plays well. He’s got that little bit of pressure but that’s what good players get, especially in there [central midfield].”
The Preston North End youth product has played every minute of Championship football so far this season and has been a key player in the heart of the City midfield, having assisted one goal this season as well with the likes of Han-Noah Massengo and Adam Nagy playing alongside him in the engine room.
Brownhill has been leading the team out onto the pitch most of the time this season, and has taken the responsibility on brilliantly as captain at such a young age.
Having been captain of Wales before and for previous club side Swansea, Williams said: “But I think he’s done brilliant as a captain. He’s obviously still young in terms of being a captain but he’s quite mature character about him and I’ve really enjoyed playing with him and I think he’s the life of this team really.”
Can Brownhill make it in the Premier League?
The 23 year-old has made 145 appearances for Bristol City since signing in the summer of 2016, having already played 64 games for Preston and 27 at Barnsley as Brownhill begins to attract Premier League interest.
Williams continued: “Yeah I don’t see why not. Obviously we’re trying to get there first and foremost as a club. But in terms of an individual he doesn’t lack anything.”
Having played under Johnson before while with Barnsley, the energetic box-to-box midfielder is fast developing a name for himself in the Championship having been around the Football League from a tender age.
Brownhill is continuing his fine form from the past few seasons and taken it into this campaign as he continues to play brilliantly in the centre of midfield.
If Brownhill can continue his rise, then Premier League interest will grow even stronger for the forward, which will be even harder for the 23 year-old to turn down.