This season we will likely see some of Liverpool’s brightest youngsters establish themselves further in the first team set up, namely Curtis Jones and Neco Williams. It is clear where Jones will play: he will be rotated in and out of the centre midfield to provide an attacking impetus. However, the Welshman’s route in isn’t as clear. A goal at the weekend could foreshadow Neco Williams following in the footsteps of Gareth Bale by moving further up the pitch.
No room at full back
Trent Alexander-Arnold is the best right back in the world and he is just 21-years-old.
This presents a problem for Neco Williams – how do you oust the best in the world when he’s only two years older than you? He isn’t going to retire any time soon.
The Welshman has been converted to right back having previously come through the ranks as a winger.
If he is to get any regular game time, the youngster may well have to revisit his days on the wing.
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Neco Williams and Gareth Bale
When Gareth Bale burst onto the scene he was a marauding left back.
The Welshman was found flying down the Spurs flank and was eventually moved further up field to fully utilise his attacking prowess.
Fast forward a decade and now Bale is an elder statesman of the game and a star player for his country.
At the weekend Neco Williams came off the bench to make his home debut for Wales, nodding in the winner in injury time.
It is safe to say that Neco will remain in Ryan Giggs’ plans for the Dragons.
This will mean more time spent training with Gareth Bale, a player who knows a thing or two about moving from full back to the wing.
Given Williams’ history as a winger it wouldn’t be out of the question for him to reprise this role, particularly given that he can seek mentorship from Gareth Bale and he has a tough task ahead of him dislodging Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Bale became a superstar when he was let loose in the final third, as evidenced by his £85m switch to Real Madrid.
Liverpool could well have their own superstar on their hands if they choose to let Neco flourish further up the pitch. He showed at the weekend he has that goal getting instinct.