Fulham are keen on ensuring Liverpool loanee Neco Williams extends his stay at Craven Cottage following a sensational run of form.
According to Anfield Watch, Championship heavy hitters Fulham are keen on retaining the services of Liverpool loanee Neco Williams beyond the upcoming summer transfer window.
The Welsh international joined the Cottagers on loan until the end of the current campaign in the January transfer window. He has enjoyed a stellar start to life at Craven Cottage, grabbing two goals and two assists in just nine appearances across all competitions so far.
The 20-year-old’s performances have greatly aided Fulham in their efforts to gain promotion back to the Premier League. Marco Silva’s side are currently top of the English second tier with ten games left to go in the season. As things stand, they look certain to return to the top flight next season.
Having come through the academy at Melwood, Williams is one of the many young players who received their breakthrough under Jurgen Klopp. The Welshman made 33 appearances for the Reds, assisting five goals. He primarily acted as an understudy to Trent Alexander-Arnold, often serving as a starter in cup games.
While his performances have been decent, he was subjected to vile social media abuse following a few poor performances. It had an impact on him, to which he openly confessed in the recent past. The move to Craven Cottage has aided Williams in developing his game away from the spotlight of Anfield.
Ironically enough, his performances in white have cast the limelight back on him – this time for all the good reasons. The impact he has had on the field is unquestionable and the consistency he has shown only adds to the narrative.
It remains unclear how Liverpool will respond to Fulham’s intentions. Given that Alexander-Arnold is nigh on undroppable, permitting Williams to leave on loan might be the best option. Not only will the 20-year-old have the opportunity to potentially play regular top-flight football, but also continue his development without compromising on game-time.
A reliable backup right-back is something Liverpool lack at the moment, and in Williams, they might just have found their answer. Allowing him to continue at Fulham before bringing him back in 2023 could be the best way forward for all parties.
Still just 20, the youngster’s ceiling is high, and there is every chance that he can develop into an excellent player. With the pathway to the first team at Anfield blocked by possibly the best right-back in world football today, another loan stint at Fulham could provide all parties with an elegant solution.