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Stoke complete signing of Everton castaway Ashley Williams

Done deal

Stoke City have completed the signing of Everton defender Ashley Williams on a season-long loan after the Welshman was exiled from Marco Silva’s squad.

The Welshman has not performed as he would have liked over the past two seasons or so at Everton.

A £10million deal looked to be good business at first but he failed to make the leap up from Swansea and it cost him dearly.

His performances last season left an awful lot to be desired and that was the final straw for Everton fans.

Marco Silva saw the same as they did and after testing him in pre-season, he exiled him from the squad to train with players who are expected to leave.

They come in the form of Nikola Vlasic, Cuco Martina and Kevin Mirallas.

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Now, he’s got the move and it comes in the form of Championship side Stoke City.

Decent buy

While there is no doubt that Ashley Williams was not good enough for Everton, he could prove to be a shrewd purchase for Stoke.

Having gone down to the Championship after a poor season last campaign, the club needs some solidity if they are to come back up at the first attempt.

They could have that in Williams who also has experience at that level with Swansea.

With players such as Ryan Shawcross and Ashley Williams in defence and Jack Butland in goal, that is a very positive backbone for a promotion charge.

Whether it works as intended is yet to be seen, but on a season-long loan, there is hardly any risk there.

Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams of Everton walks down the tunnel after being sent off during the Premier League match between Burnley and Everton at Turf Moor on March 3, 2018 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Everton outcast Kevin Mirallas set for Fiorentina move within next 24 hours

Williams is not the only Everton player that will be on his way out of the club.

That is because Kevin Mirallas is set to see his transfer to Fiorentina completed within the next 24 hours.

Click here to see more about that move.