Brandon Williams is already being targeted for a short-term loan deal in the 2021/22 term.
Not too long ago, then-teenager Brandon Williams was a mainstay in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.
The budding full-back was starting every other game, wearing his heart on his sleeve and proudly donning that Red Devils badge with pride. He’d play with a fight, a passion, that only a fan of Manchester United displays. It was a match made in heaven.
This term, Williams’ situation has dramatically changed. Luke Shaw’s brilliant form coupled with the addition of Alex Telles has seen his minutes cut significantly. Factor in Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s unwillingness to give anyone a chance over in the right-back slot and suddenly, the future looks bleak for the Harpurhey-born full-back.
That’s why The Sun’s rumoured loan move away for the forgotten 20-year-old presents the perfect chance for the starlet to get back on track. Apparently, recently-promoted Norwich City, along with Southampton and West Ham are keen on adding Williams on a year-long deal.
The interested clubs alone should tell you everything you need to know about Williams’ ability. This boy can play.
His versatility, attitude towards the game and desire to succeed will ensure that wherever he ends up, Williams will impress.
Why is this loan move is ideal for everyone involved?
For the player, it offers him a chance at redemption. Williams, wherever he ends up, will have a point to prove.
Let’s have it right, Williams is far better-placed to challenge for a first-team berth at Old Trafford, than say, Diogo Dalot. Right now, though, Williams needs the minutes.
His eleven appearances, several of those as a late substitute, just isn’t going to satisfy him as a player, while United will see little-to-no-progress in his play, too.
There’s also very little sense in sticking Williams back with the U23s as he’s just far too good for that level. Why not send him to a Premier League club, ala Jesse Lingard, where he can play with regularity and show the world just how good he is?
For United, it’s risk-free. He’s not played this season, so there’s no reason to keep him around next term either. The club will get some wages off the books for a year, albeit a minuscule amount in the grand scheme of things, while there’s every chance Williams will come back a better player.
I guess now, it’s about finding the perfect club for Williams, preferably one who’ll start him game-in-game-out – allowing him every opportunity to develop at his own pace.
It’s easy to forget, this young man is still twenty years old, his rise to stardom was quicker than anyone expected and this minor step back was only natural and somewhat inevitable.
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