Everton defender Ashley Williams has said that his former manager Coach Michael Laudrup helped him become more responsible but adds that Ronald Koeman has been wonderful as well since his move to Goodison Park.
Speaking at Everton’s Finch Farm training base the Welsh player spoke about defenders not forgetting the proven methods of playing with substance as against playing with ‘style’ from the back.
“There is going to come a point soon when it goes back to how it was. We’ve concentrated so much on attacking, I’m guessing a lot of people didn’t concentrate on the art of defending.
“Personally, I feel I’m a defender. That’s what I get paid to do. I get paid to stop the ball going in the net. I’m 32. Fans are never going to be surprised by what I do. You try to add to your game but you get paid to stop the ball going in the net,” Williams said.
Much emphasis has been placed on defenders being more into the attacking style of the team but Williams seem to hint that defenders should not forget their primary responsibility in the team which is to stop goals from opposing sides.
“The way the game has gone, people want to see ball-playing defenders and I can understand why. But I don’t think you should be a ball-playing defender and not be able to defend. You might as well play in a different position,” the captain of the Wales team that reached the semi finals in the Euro 2016 said.
He switched to Goodison this term and has said that the expectations are always there and players have to consistently match it to remain compared to Swansea who are “a bit more relaxed.”
He added that his current coach is as good but that his Swansea manager Michael Laudrup joined training sessions everyday and forced him to be more responsible in the set-up.