Nottingham Forest star Neco Williams was in fine form for Wales as they lost 1-0 to Poland on Sunday night. The ex-Liverpool man was tasked with playing on the left by Rob Page and he didn’t disappoint despite the defeat.
The 21-year-old checked in on Trentside from Anfield for £17 million. He has sizeable shoes to fill at the City Ground following the heroics of Djed Spence who was outstanding during the 2021/22 campaign.
Williams has done well in the games he’s played so far, however. Steve Cooper was adamant he wanted the youngster as the heir to Spence’s throne and he’s thriving under the Forest head coach so far.
Despite playing on the opposite flank to his natural position, Williams did well against Poland. That much was reflected in the 7/10 that Wales Online gave him for his performance.
They claimed: “He worked his socks off all night up and down the left flank. Linked up really nicely with Dan James and made some top-class interventions to try and keep Poland at bay. Another performance oozing in maturity.”
Williams will now return to Forest with the intention of helping the team climb the Premier League table. At 21, he’s still learning his trade and with Serge Aurier now in place to provide competition, the player will hope to continue his good form.
Williams in fine Wales form and that bodes well for Forest
It’s pleasing to hear that Williams has clearly enjoyed his time on international duty. The fan base will be equally pleased to hear that he is capable of doing a job on the left-hand side if called upon.
Given a summer of spending, it’s unlikely the Welsh international will be needed to swap sides at Forest. Harry Toffolo, Renan Lodi and Omar Richards have all been signed as left-back options during the close season.
Still, it does provide Cooper with options. Williams has already made the right-sided wing-back spot his own at the City Ground and there is more still to come from the youngster on Trentside.