25 year-old Jonny Williams has had his injury problems in the past but now appears to have found his feet under the tutelage of Lee Bowyer at EFL Championship side Charlton Athletic.
Williams joined Charlton in January 2019 after a long career with Crystal Palace which included loan spells at Ipswich Town, Nottingham Forest, MK Dons and Sunderland where Williams made a total of 135 appearances and scored four goals in total for the five clubs.
But it’s been under Bowyer at Charlton in the past few months where Williams has kept himself injury free and is performing admirably for Charlton at the forefront of their midfield.
Standing at just 5’6″, Williams has taken up his preferred position of playing as the more advanced midfielder and given a free rein to create for the wingers and strikers, where he can get his head down and enjoy his football. Williams struts around the pitch with a smile on his face, not shying away from getting on the ball and a small swagger now appearing in his play where he can do as he pleases, something which he did while playing for Wales at the 2016 European Championships in their remarkable run to the semi-finals before being knocked out by Portugal.
When Williams was progressing through the youth sides at Crystal Palace, he was earmarked as one of the next best things to come through their academy however injuries have taken hold and he’s struggled to consistently step foot on a pitch, even seeing a sports psychologist about his confidence.
That confidence has however reappeared for the small midfielder, and he’s back performing to the levels he’s capable of, linking the midfield to the attack.
Bowyer, and Charlton as a whole, have helped Williams settle while he’s been allowed to reside in his London home still, with the fans falling in love with the small player from Kent. With Williams continuing to play at a regular rate, the Charlton physios will surely have one eye on his previous injury record but currently enjoying the best period of his senior career to date, Williams shows no sign of slowing down now.