Garth Crooks has admitted that he has been blown away by the performances of Ashley Williams in wins against West Ham and Huddersfield last week.
The BBC pundit has also heaped praise on the Toffees’ performances, claiming that they are now playing “title-winning football” after what has been a miserable start to the Premier League season.
David Unsworth oversaw an emphatic 4-0 win over West Ham in the midweek in his final game in caretaker charge before Sam Allardyce grabbed the reins and kept up the momentum with a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield on Saturday.
The two Goodison Park victories have seen Everton jump up to 10th in the table and are now eight points clear of the drop zones after initial fears that a relegation battle was on the horizon.
Crooks has now highlighted Williams, 33, as being a key performer in helping the Toffees do just that.
The Wales international has been the subject of fierce criticism this season for not reaching the level that fans would have hoped he could achieve.
However the senior player looks back to his best in the last week and Crooks believes that the ex-Swansea defender’s role has proved pivotal.
“Everton look unrecognisable from the side I saw get destroyed at Southampton. Against West Ham in midweek they looked lively, and during Saturday’s game against Huddersfield their back four looked as solid as I have seen them for some time,” he said on the BBC Sport website.
“At the heart of both performances was Ashley Williams. I have always liked Williams’ approach to the game, and I was interested to hear him say in his post-match interview that the dressing room is now a much happier place. I should think it is: six points, two clean sheets and six goals in two games is title-winning football.”
Williams has made 22 appearances across all competitions for Everton this season, scoring two goals in the process, one of which coming against West Ham last week.
The win over David Moyes’ men was the only the second Premier League victory that Williams has been involved in since the opening day of the campaign.
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