By Aramide Oladipo
Everton supporters have expressed their delight and relief on social media after club manager Ronald Koeman dropped defender Ashley Williams for the Premier League match against Brighton.
The 33-year-old has started every Premier League match for the Toffees so far this season but he has only managed to keep one clean sheet in the process.
The senior defender has struggled to find his best form during the early stages of the new season and it could be argued that he is one of the reasons why Everton have conceded 12 league goals.
The Merseyside club revealed on their official Twitter account that the Wales international would be starting on the bench with skipper Phil Jagielka and summer signing Michael Keane selected as the central defensive pairing.
???? | Team news is in… pic.twitter.com/llI0QZv9t2
— Everton (@Everton) October 15, 2017
The supporters from the blue side of Merseyside were quick to take to social media to respond to the starting line-up and the majority are delighted to see Williams missing out.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Williams getting dropped is the best thing I've heard all week
— martha (@martha_efc) October 15, 2017
HE’S DROPPED WILLIAMS YESSSSSSSS
— Jack???????? (@JackEFC95) October 15, 2017
Jags is playing!!!???????? …& no Ashley Williams!!!!! Thank god!!!!!
— ????Jags6 ⚽️ EFC ???? (@BlueSarah1878) October 15, 2017
Yessssss !!! No Williams !!!!!
— jimbob⭐️ (@jimbob_EFC) October 15, 2017
When you see jags starting and Williams on the bench pic.twitter.com/aZm7pg2AF7
— Kieran Cartwright (@efc_KEE_efc) October 15, 2017
No Williams I love life
— ???? (@EfcConor_) October 15, 2017
No Williams ???? ???? ????
— Ryan ???? (@Ryan_EFC1878) October 15, 2017
— Daniel Brookfield (@dpbrookfield) October 15, 2017
Starting on the substitutes bench has compounded Williams’ poor week after failing to qualify next year’s World Cup in Russia with the Wales national team.
The veteran defender will be hopeful that his side can come away from the Amex Stadium with all three points.
In other Everton news, the club are reportedly lining up a move for this Newcastle United senior man.