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Williams backed for Premier move

Ashley Williams
Ashley Williams signed for Swansea for a club record 400,000 in 2008

Wales international Ashley Williams has been tipped to follow Jordi Lopez and Jason Scotland from Swansea City and into the Premier League.

Swansea City captain Gary Monk believes his central defensive partner has 'all the attributes required to be a modern-day centre-half.'

"It won't be long before the big boys come in for Ashley and I'm sure they're looking at him now," said Monk.

"If he has another good season they'll probably swoop around him."

Williams has been transformed from a League Two defender into an established international since arriving from Stockport County for a club record £400,000 fee in the summer of 2008 following an initial loan spell.

The 24-year-old, who won the first of his 13 Wales caps against Luxembourg in March 2008, has previously been backed by former Wales captain Kevin Ratcliffe to be a top-flight hit.

Garry Monk
To come from where he has and adapt so quickly, it is a great credit to him as a player...and I can really see him going all of the way

Garry Monk on Ashley Williams

Williams is a strong defender, a good tackler, comfortable on the ball and has excellent pace and former England under-17 centre-back Monk believes the stylish centre-back can make it in the Premier League.

"He has everything you need to be a modern-day centre-back," Monk told BBC Radio Wales Sport.

"I'm not just saying this because I play alongside him and I've played with a few decent lads, but I think he is right up there.

"To come from where he has and adapt so quickly, it is a great credit to him as a player. It has been a pleasure playing alongside him."

Swansea lost their manager Roberto Martinez to the lure of the Premier League this summer when the Spaniard, who guided the Swans to their best league finish for 24 years last season, replaced Steve Bruce in the Wigan Athletic hotseat.

Martinez's then raided his former club for top-scorer Scotland, the Trinidad and Tobago international striker, and Espanyol for playmaker Jordi Lopez, who impressed on loan at the Liberty Stadium last season.

"Obviously Jason has gone and there has been talk about Ferrie Bodde and Angel Rangel going too," said Monk.

"And it won't be long before the big boys come in for Ashley."

Williams was the only outfield player to play all of Swansea's 46 Championship games in their first season back in English football's second tier last season.

He and Monk were the defensive foundation in the Championship's surprise package and their play-off push.

"He's quick, strong, can read the game well and he's a good talker," said Monk.

"But he also works so, so hard at his game on the training ground and I can really see him going all of the way."



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see also
Swans complete Williams signing
22 May 08 |  Swansea
Swans' new life under Sousa
03 Aug 09 |  Swansea
Swans sign Stockport's Williams
27 Mar 08 |  Swansea
Luxembourg 0-2 Wales
26 Mar 08 |  Internationals
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales


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