FSG’s plans to create a feeder club for Liverpool could be exactly what Rhys Williams needs to reignite his career.
According to Ondacero, the president of La Liga club Elche visited the AXA Training Centre last week to discuss ‘strengthening ties’ with Liverpool.
That reportedly followed on from ‘representatives’ of Liverpool travelling to the Spanish club several weeks ago.
It’s claimed that the discussions centred on an exchange of playing talent between the two teams. Elche would reportedly ‘accommodate players’ who do not have a place in the Liverpool first-team.
If such an an agreement could be finalised, few players in The Reds squad would benefit more than Williams.
Williams development stagnating
Having made an unexpected breakthrough into the first-team in 2020/21, it was hoped Williams’ development would be aided by a loan move to Swansea City this time around.
He had made the step-up to Premier League and Champions League football look easy, being called ‘outstanding’ by Jurgen Klopp via The Daily Mail.
But the centre-back struggled to get going in the Championship. Williams couldn’t get used to the increased physicality of the league and returned to his parent club in January.
Since then, he hasn’t featured for a single minute of Liverpool’s campaign. Now twenty-one and with no clear path to Jurgen Klopp’s matchday squads, a complete change of scenery may be exactly what he needs.
The right move at the right time
Elche aren’t the most glamorous team in Spain, but they look set to stay in La Liga for a third consecutive season.
Their president, Christian Bragarnik seems like a forward-thinking boss with a clear plan for the future.
That could be the right kind of environment for a talented young player like Williams to regain his mojo. The slightly slower pace of La Liga could help him to adjust, whilst still facing top quality attackers on a regular basis.
Nothing has been officially announced regarding a partnership between Elche and Liverpool. But if a partnership does transpire between the two teams, Williams should get himself to the front of the queue to head to Spain.