In a recent report, Sport revealed that Aston Villa are confident about recruiting Athletic Bilbao winger Nico Williams. It has been stated that the Villans are eyeing a move to secure the services of the Spanish speedster who is close to signing a new deal with Bilbao.
Williams’ Decent Form In La Liga This Season
Williams has made an impressive start to this campaign as he produced a handful of promising displays in the final third. The 21-year-old has registered four assists but has failed to find the back of the net in six appearances for the Spanish outfit this season across multiple competitions.
The Spanish talent has been a decent performer in the final third based on his average of 1.3 shots, 2.0 key passes and 2.7 dribbles per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even been accurate when distributing possession from the flanks after making 77.6% of his attempted passes in the Spanish top-flight (stats via whoscored).
His current contract at Bilbao will run out in 2024. However, he is close to penning a new contract which could make it difficult for the Villans to sign him when the transfer window reopens at the start of January.
What Will Williams Add To Aston Villa Head Coach Unai Emery’s Side?
Williams has got the pace to make a few dangerous runs with the ball out in the wide areas. He has got the vision to create a few inviting chances for his teammates in the final third.
The Spanish sensation can even shoot the ball with venom from long range but needs to add a few more goals to his game. He mainly operates as a right-sided wide player but can also function as a left-winger if asked to do so.
Williams would add more creativity to Aston Villa boss Unai Emery’s frontline. He is proficient at stretching the opponent’s backline and could be a success story at the West Midlands club in the long run.
At 21, Williams has the potential to become a future star at Villa Park as long as he can make a smooth transition to life in Premier League football. He might even help the Villans push for a European spot over the next few years.