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Joe Williams 46

Williams enjoyed a breakthrough season with the Blues Academy in 2015-16, excelling as captain of the Under-21s and pushing ever closer to a debut for the first team. The Huyton native, who signed a three-year professional deal with Everton in July 2014, has never been capped at any level by England but his performances caught the eye of national team boss Keith Dowling. 

Joe Williams is aiming to defy the medical experts and return sooner than predicted from a major knee injury the Everton Under-21s captain suffered when he damaged his lateral collateral ligament in the final game of the season against Chelsea. Williams sustained the injury inside the first 20 minutes but managed to complete the full game. The 19-year-old underwent an operation soon after and doctors immediately said it would keep him out of action for six months.

But dedicated Williams, who hails from Huyton, remains hopeful he can return sooner than expected. Williams cancelled his holiday in order to start his rehabilitation at Finch Farm as soon as possible and hopes that he can be back in action before the mid-November projection.

Under-21s boss David Unsworth said: “He’s been outstanding all season and quite rightly won the Under-21s Player of the Season, which we will present to him when he is back on his feet. He’s got a lot of work to do now in the gym and a lot of rehab work to get fit. But he will get through it – he’s a great lad and we wish him speedy recovery.”

In February 2016, Joe Williams put pen to paper on a contract extension tieing him to Everton until 2020. It was good news for the 20-year-old who had just returned to action following a year of injury frustration. Williams, at one time a rumoured transfer target of Manchester United, had recovered from that bad knee injury only to have his attempted comeback ruined by damage to his ankle in November. He was declared fit again in February 2017, and got to sit on the first team bench for five games without being used, although he was instrumental in helping the Under-23s win the Premier League 2 title.

It seemed that Williams could become another of David Unsworth's U23 budding stars to step up into the first-team squad but that would not happen in 2017-18 as he agreed to go an a season-long loan with Barnsley, his Number 46 shirt going to Anton Donkor.

FactFile

Squad number 46
Position Midfielder
Nationality England
Born Huyton
Date of birth 8 December 1996
Height x' xx"
Joined July 2014
Joined from Everton Academy
Signed by Roberto Martinez
Transfer fee No fee
Contract duration 3 + 3 years
Contract expires June 2020
Debut (sub) v
Previous Clubs None
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2014-15
46
0 (0)
0
0 (0)
0
0 (0)
0
2015-16
46
0 (0)
0
0 (0)
0
0 (0)
0
2016-17
46
0 (0)
0
0 (0)
0
0 (0)
0
2017-18  () () ()
  Totals () () ()

 


Loan Spells

Season Team Appearances (sub) Goals
2017-18 Barnsley 3 (0) & 1 (0) 0
       
       

Academy Record

Season Team Appearances (sub) Goals
2012-13 U21s 2 (0) 0
2013-14 U21s 14 (0) & 2 (0) 0 & 0
2014-15 U21s; U18s 11 (3) & 2 (0); 4 (0) 1 & 0; 1
2015-16 U21s 22 (0) & 6 (0) 1 & 4
2016-17 U23s 1 (1) & 2 (1) 0 & 0


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