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…
Cardiff City completed the signing of Charlton attacking midfielder Jonny Williams on transfer deadline day.
The 27-year-old is re-united with Mick McCarthy after the pair worked together during their stints at Ipswich Town.
Speaking about the transfer via the BBC, McCarthy was delighted: “I think it is one of the best deals of the transfer window. Especially late on, we’ve managed to get Jonny Williams in.
“I worked with him at Ipswich. He was fabulous. He brings a smile to the place. He’s very, very talented. And he’s Welsh, of course.
“He’s delighted to be here. If he can play to his ability, then he’ll rip it up.”
So, do you envisage Jonny Williams as a regular starter in that Bluebirds XI?
The team here at FLW discuss….
You have to trust McCarthy’s judgement with this one.
Williams is a player that he knows well, and has worked with before, and I think he could be a shrewd signing for the Bluebirds.
He’s a vastly experienced midfielder, and will certainly add much-needed depth to Cardiff’s midfield options moving forward.
I’m not sure he’ll be a regular starter straight away for Cardiff though, as they already have the likes of Will Vaulks and Joe Ralls available to them at this moment in time.
But with a busy schedule from now until the end of this year’s campaign, competition for places is never a bad dilemma to have for a manager, and Williams will certainly provide McCarthy with that.
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If you love football, you’ll love Jonny Williams, he’s an absolute diamond of a player for Championship level.
Injuries have hampered much of his career so far but when he has played he’s always made an impact wherever he’s been and for that reason I think he’ll be a success at Cardiff.
I believe he’ll force his way into becoming a regular eventually, yes, but for now I think he’ll be limited to coming off the bench.
The Bluebirds have a great player on their hands and I’m sure he will make things tick for them from that number 10 position.
It’s hard to see Jonny Williams becoming a first team regular.
While the Wales international is clearly a talented player he’s found it tough to establish himself at Championship level in recent years.
The attacking midfielder is undoubtedly an asset who will stretch defences with his pace and direct running, but I’d expect him to be used as more of an impact sub.
He may well prove me wrong, but that’s the challenge that he faces after moving to a club who need to be pushing for promotion.