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Everton signing this highly-rated 20-year-old Man United ace this month would be a real boost

LEIGH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: Brandon Williams of Manchester United reacts during the Premier League 2 match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Leigh Sports Village on December 13, 2020 in Leigh, England. (Photo by Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images)

Why Everton signing Brandon Williams on loan would be a real boost

According to The Athletic (Subscription Required), Everton have been mentioned as genuine contenders to sign highly-rated Man United full-back Brandon Williams on loan in the January transfer window.

The 20-year-old has attracted interest from Premier League rivals Southampton and Newcastle United while Bayer Leverkusen are also understood to have made contact over his availability this month (h/t Sky Sports). However, the report claims that the Toffees could have a real chance of winning the race to sign the England U-21 international. 

Brandon Williams' mum admits Man Utd youngster is fuelled by her fry-ups -  Mirror Online

Williams enjoyed a fantastic debut season at Old Trafford last term, featuring 36 times in all competitions as the Red Devils finished 3rd in the Premier League and also reached the semi-finals of the Europa League.

The academy prospect grabbed his opportunities with both hands in the absence of regular left-back Luke Shaw, earning rave reviews for his development.

However, the arrival of Alex Telles in the summer coupled with Shaw’s return to fitness has pushed Williams down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The youngster has been limited to just 6 minutes of action in the Premier League so far.

He is also capable of operating at right-back, thanks to his right-footed nature as a defender. But Axel Tuanzebe and Victor Lindelof have been given the nod to deputise for Aaron Wan-Bissaka in that role.

Luton Town v Manchester United, ManU EFL Cup 22/09/2020. Manchester United defender Brandon Williams 33 during the EFL Cup match between Luton Town and Manchester United at Kenilworth Road, Luton, England on 22 September 2020. (Getty Images)

Everton have problems in the full-back department

Meanwhile, Everton have had their fair share of problems in the full-back department this season. Carlo Ancelotti has been forced to utilise Ben Godfrey, essentially a centre-back by trade, on either side of the backline due to injuries to Lucas Digne and Seamus Coleman. 

The former Norwich City starlet has been done a decent job but his qualities are undoubtedly better utilised at centre-back. With back-up options Niels Nkounkou and Jonjoe Kenny clearly not trusted by Ancelotti, the Toffees should have one eye on fresh additions during the mid-season trading period.

Putting things into context, Everton completing a loan deal for Brandon Williams would solve some pressing concerns in the full-back department. His versatility to operate on either side of the backline and also as a wing-back would hand a significant boost to the Toffees’ squad depth and dynamics. 

Brandon Williams has emerged through the youth ranks of Manchester United (Getty Images)
Brandon Williams has emerged through the youth ranks of Manchester United (Getty Images)

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Verdict

Williams needs regular game time in the Premier League to further his development, something that looks unlikely to happen at United this season. Everton are clearly short of depth and cover in both full-back departments and would be able to offer the youngster more exposure heading into a hectic second half of the campaign. 

Having said that, Everton beating off competition in the race to sign the Man United starlet on loan would be a win-win situation for all parties involved.  

Written by Sayan Chatterjee

A Premier League enthusiast and an avid follower of the beautiful game.

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