Former Nottingham Forest defender Brian Laws has told The Athletic that he’s been impressed with the improvement of Neco Williams.

The Reds plucked the right-back from Liverpool for £17 million in the summer.

He has started every Premier League game for Forest and has played the last two matches as a left-back.

The Wales international will improve as the season goes on and at 21-years-old, he’s definitely one for the future.

Williams made the decision to leave Liverpool after a long association with the club.

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He made 33 appearances for the first team during his time at Anfield but conceded he was way down the pecking order.

He’s played 22 times for Wales, scoring two goals and will head to the World Cup next month.

Laws knows what it takes to make an impact as a right-back on Trentside.

He was Brian Clough’s trusted performer in the nineties and he’s praised Williams for the vast improvement he’s made,

Laws told The Athletic: “He’s coming through a negative spell with some positive performances.

“He has the energy to burn and he looked like a really good asset – and that we could forget about Djed Spence very quickly.

“But like others, his season started to unfold, and his performance dipped. He was playing in a way that wasn’t controlled.

“Since Cooper changed the formation and the approach, Williams has looked far, far better. He has become more solid as a defender.”

Laws right to cite Williams improvement

The youngster was brilliant against Liverpool on Saturday and he also helped the Reds keep a clean sheet at Brighton.

Prior to that, he’d been guilty of some poor form, but to be fair he wasn’t alone in that sense.

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As a young player, Forest fans will have to appreciate that Williams may make mistakes.

Furthermore, the role that Steve Cooper wants him to play will be slightly different to anything he’s been used to before.

The challenge for Williams is to gain some consistency in his play.

If he does that, Forest will believe they’ve signed an exceptional player and one who could start at the club for years to come.

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