Williams: What Makes Blues So Special

Ashley Williams reflected on a positive first season at “massive” Everton and revealed how the Blues’ squad are continually pushed on by the Club’s proud history.

Having moved to Goodison from Swansea last August, the centre-back missed just two matches throughout the 2016/17 Premier League campaign, as the Toffees secured a seventh-place finish and Europa League qualification.

Upon becoming Ronald Koeman’s third signing as Blues boss last summer, the 32-year-old Wales captain knew he was joining a club steeped in tradition.

And with a debut season under his belt in L4, Williams told of how he has enjoyed playing for Evertonians who “live for the team”.

When asked what makes the Blues special, the defender told evertonfc.com: “It’s the history of the Club and the tradition.

“When you come into the city it’s either red or blue and on a matchday you know that the Everton fans are crazy for football and really live for the team.

“Once you become part of the Club you realise how big football is to them and what the Club has achieved before so you’re always trying to live up to the standards that have been set.

“I’ve enjoyed it. Coming to such a massive club like Everton, everyone welcomed me straight away and for us it’s been a decent season. The top six is difficult to break into; we gave it a good go and got European football in the end so it’s been a good season.”

Williams played in the Europa League during the 2013/14 season after helping the Swans win the League Cup the previous campaign.

Now, with Everton set to start their European adventure on July 27 in the third qualifying round of the competition, Williams is looking forward to playing on the continent again.

“I enjoyed it last time,” he added. “I’m definitely looking forward to it next season.

“I didn’t know if I’d get to play in Europe again, being 32, but I’m happy we’ve achieved it and excited to be part of it next season with Everton.”

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