18-year-old Derby County defender Dylan Williams was handed his first Championship start against West Bromwich Albion yesterday and has left many Rams supporters excited after helping Wayne Rooney’s side claim a point.
Travelling to take on league leaders West Brom at the Hawthorns was never likely to be easy for Derby but they produced a defiant defensive display and kept wave after wave of attacks out to ensure the points were shared.
Albion were in the ascendancy throughout, as their 25 shots and nine on target illustrate, but ultimately the Rams did enough to frustrate Valerien Ismael’s side all evening.
Rooney has preferred a back four for the majority of the campaign but opted for a back five against the Baggies, with Lee Buchanan slotting in at left centre-back and Williams ahead of him at wing-back.
The teenager worked tirelessly throughout and though his quality in possession left a little to be desired, defensively he certainly played his part.
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As well as winning four of his five ground duels, Williams made two interceptions, two tackles, and one clearance, and blocked one shot (Sofascore).
The East Midlands club’s threadbare squad means that Rooney is going to have to rely on young players stepping up this season and the defender did just that in his first Championship start yesterday, much to the excitement of many Rams fans…
— Rhys Watkinson (@Wocko94) September 14, 2021
That Dylan Williams interview is amazing! What a kid. Buzzing for him! Was superb tonight. #dcfc
— DCFC (@dcfc_fan21) September 14, 2021
Take that, great point away at albion, Roos top draw tonight as well as Williams looks a great prospect, up the rams🐑 #dcfc
— jack bradley (@jackobradley8) September 14, 2021
Young Dylan Williams can be very proud of himself tonight. Fantastic performance.
And the Derby fans were immense.
Everyone earned that point.
Up the Rams #dcfc
— Mark 🐏 Steward (@marktheram7) September 14, 2021
— Mr T (@79Jeeeez) September 14, 2021
Also to mention, Dylan Williams did not look out of place against effectively prem opposition. Fair play to the lad! #dcfc
— Liam (@LWTS96) September 14, 2021
— Rich Holmes (@RichNHolmes) September 14, 2021
Hard work and commitment from all tonight. Great defensive performance. Roos made some great saves and got to give Dylan Williams credit I thought he played immense tonight #dcfc
— Matt B (@Bayas_23) September 14, 2021
Ay our LB Williams looks a player #dcfc
— Kurdy (@kurdy007) September 14, 2021