In a recent print edition, Sport (via Sport Witness) stated that Aston Villa are willing to move in for Athletic Bilbao winger Nico Williams this January. It has been claimed that the Villans are hoping to secure the services of the Spanish speedster this winter.
Williams’ Decent Form In La Liga This Season
Williams is having a decent season at the Spanish club as he has been responsible for putting in a handful of impressive displays in the final third. The 21-year-old has scored one goal and picked up five assists in ten matches for Athletic Bilbao during this campaign across multiple competitions.
The Spanish talent has caught the eye with his offensive contributions based on his average of 1.7 shots, 2.1 key passes and 2.5 dribbles per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even been accurate when distributing possession in the opponent’s half after making 78% of his attempted passes in the top tier of Spanish football (stats via whoscored).
His current contract at Bilbao will expire at the end of this campaign. Hence, it makes sense for the Villans to try and arrange a cut-price move for him when the transfer window commences at the start of 2024.
Is Williams A Good Option For Aston Villa?
Williams can use his quickness to get the better of his marker out in the wide areas. He is a good dribbler with the ball and has got the vision to create some decent plays for his teammates in the final third. The Spanish sensation can even shoot the ball with power from long range. He is primarily a left-sided wide player but can also operate as a right-winger if needed.
We can expect Williams to bring more goals and creativity to Aston Villa head coach Unai Emery’s attack. He has what it takes to help the Villans challenge for a European spot in the Premier League this season.
At 21, Williams has the potential to become a future star at the highest level which makes him an excellent option for the West Midlands club to pursue in the upcoming January transfer window. However, only time will tell whether the Bilbao youngster can make a smooth transition to life in English football.