Robbie Savage hails Everton arrrival as bargain of the summer
By Dominic Toner
Pundit Robbie Savage has labelled new Everton signing Ashley Williams as the “bargain of the summer”.
Everton landed the defender on a three-year deal earlier this month as he ended his eight-year stay with Swansea.
The Merseyside club have paid a reported £12million to secure the Wales captain and Savage believes he is great value for money.
“Even at £12m for a 31-year-old, Ashley Williams is bargain of the summer,” Savage told the Mirror. “He’s a leader, a warrior and he doesn’t go missing – since 2008 he has played 28,252 out of 28,980 possible minutes in the League.”
Williams became the third senior summer arrival at the Toffees this summer after the captures of Idrissa Gueye and Martin Stekelenburg.
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Williams, 31, is now widely regarded as one of the most reliable defenders in the Premier League, starting all but two of Swansea’s 38 league matches last season.
The centre-back joined Swansea in the 2007-08 season and made 352 appearances for the now established Premier League side.
He helped guide his nation Wales to an unlikely semi-finals at Euro 2016 and new Everton manager Ronald Koeman has recruited him to steady his defence.
Williams will be a direct replacement for John Stones, who completed a £47.5nillion transfer to Manchester City on Tuesday morning that demolished Everton’s transfer record.
Manchester United have smashed the world-record deal to sign Paul Pogba for £89million whilst Liverpool have spent and Manchester City have recruited heavily in this transfer window.
Savage is certain that despite the new recruits to the Premier League the experienced Williams is the bargain of the window.
In other Everton transfer news, a 27-year-old is on standby to fly to England and join the club in a £14.5million deal.