Liverpool are incredibly fortunate at the moment; the Reds not only have one of their strongest starting lineups in years but also a class of exciting academy products threatening to break through. However, having all of this talent is something of a double edged sword – how do you play them all? How do you ensure that the youngsters get the game time they need to develop? Neco Williams would benefit from a loan move but Jürgen Klopp would need to invest in full back cover first.
Wing back wonderkid
Neco Williams had something of a breakthrough season at Anfield in the last year. The Welsh defender made six appearances in the Premier League, four in the FA Cup and one in the league cup.
During these performances we got a glimpse of just what the wing back has to offer: a determination to get forward, neat dribbling ability and a stomach for a big tackle when needed.
One of the youngster’s most impressive attributes is his ability to beat a man and twist and turn out of tricky situations, a talent picked up from his days as a winger.
Neco Williams loan move?
Playing regular first team football is crucial to a player’s development. Unfortunately for the Reds’ wonderkid wingback he has two of the best full backs in the world ahead of him in the pecking order and they aren’t going anywhere any time soon.
Neco Williams securing a loan move would be massively beneficial to his progress as a footballer. At times has been brash and caught out of position, he has made the wrong decision, cutting inside rather than bombing it down the wing – these are faults which are readily corrected with first team experience.
If Neco Williams doesn’t move on loan then who knows how and where his chance will come?
Depth first, loan later
Before Jürgen Klopp can consider sending Neco Williams on loan he will first need to secure some cover for the full back positions.
At the minute the 19-year-old is the only recognised full back available to deputise for Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson. Whilst James Milner has filled in on the left and Joe Gomez on the right neither are threats going forward.
Securing depth for the wing backs could be more important than we first thought, it could be pivotal to Williams’ future – how long can we just let the youngster stew on the bench waiting for an opportunity?