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Thread: Derrick Williams (D Blackburn b.1993)

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    I wouldn't call him a specialist left back. It's his second position.

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    That's true too. And he's just turned 22 so there's still time for him to move back into the centre.

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    Fine, left-back may not have been his original position (I admit, I didn't know that), but considering he's played at left-back (AFAIK) for Bristol City for two years and his Wikipedia page lists him as a Left-back solely, that surely makes him more specialist than Marc Wilson (Defender/Midfielder on Wikipedia and put forward as a centre-half option on this forum), Stephen Ward (Left-Back/Winger/Forward) and Robbie Brady (Winger/Left-Back - that worked out well against Poland). And do we really want him moving back to centre-half, with Wilson, John O'Shea, Ciaran Clark, Sean St Ledger, Paul McShane, Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce, Shane Duffy, Tommie Hoban and Mark O'Brien as current and potential options?

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    according to football-lineups - http://www.football-lineups.com/footballer/69418/ - he's played pretty much exclusively on the left of a back three for Bristol this season
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    Quote Originally Posted by tetsujin1979 View Post
    according to football-lineups - http://www.football-lineups.com/footballer/69418/ - he's played pretty much exclusively on the left of a back three for Bristol this season
    Very good site for this sort of analysis. http://www.football-lineups.com/footballer/44558/ Cunningham has been consistently in and out of the team. Seemingly constantly rotated with Joe Bryan on the left wing/left wingback: http://www.football-lineups.com/footballer/66636/ Having not seen any games of their's though, I would state that Bryan managed to nab 6 league goals and is a Bristol lad.

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    Lads from what I've seen, and I've seen a lot of the Championship and League 1, Williams isn't a left back, Tets and Ole have called it exactly as it is. Bristol have played some brilliant football this season, and while League 1 isn't the most subtle division at the best of times, it's very competitive and they've been much the better team. They've a really sound coach in Cotterill too, while they have huge potential to develop.
    Next season will be an interesting one for both players and City. On a footballing level they're able to do what Bournemouth and Brentford have done this season, whether they have the squad to cope with what's going to be another horribly tight Championship in 15/16 is another story.

    Given our paucity of options at centre-back, and another positive in a player comfortable playing in a back 3, then a good season next year will be of the utmost importance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingdom View Post
    Lads from what I've seen, and I've seen a lot of the Championship and League 1, Williams isn't a left back, Tets and Ole have called it exactly as it is. Bristol have played some brilliant football this season, and while League 1 isn't the most subtle division at the best of times, it's very competitive and they've been much the better team. They've a really sound coach in Cotterill too, while they have huge potential to develop.
    Next season will be an interesting one for both players and City. On a footballing level they're able to do what Bournemouth and Brentford have done this season, whether they have the squad to cope with what's going to be another horribly tight Championship in 15/16 is another story.

    Given our paucity of options at centre-back, and another positive in a player comfortable playing in a back 3, then a good season next year will be of the utmost importance.
    I haven't seen much Division 1 football but what has happened to Greg Cunningham at Bristol? He doesn't seem to be getting his game anymore or very few at least?

    I am looking forward to seeing how Williams gets on in the Championship.
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    Derrick Williams on what Sean O'Driscoll can offer Liverpool.

    http://www.anfieldchat.com/blog/8808/

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    Appears to have successfully made the step-up to Championship level, playing in all of Bristol's games so far and got his first goal of the season yesterday, albeit in a 2-1 defeat to Brighton.

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    Last season, he was playing on the left of a central defensive 3. As far as I can see, he's moved to left back in a flat 4-4-2 this season. A lot here would have fancied him to move into centre half eventually but still plenty of time.

    He edged Greg Cunningham out of Bristol and it looks like that's been to Cunningham's gain as he's been recognised by the Ireland set-up, whereas Williams hasn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olé Olé View Post
    Last season, he was playing on the left of a central defensive 3. As far as I can see, he's moved to left back in a flat 4-4-2 this season. A lot here would have fancied him to move into centre half eventually but still plenty of time.

    He edged Greg Cunningham out of Bristol and it looks like that's been to Cunningham's gain as he's been recognised by the Ireland set-up, whereas Williams hasn't.
    With them both having comparable records this season, Cunningham's greater experience at Championship level combined with his handful of caps probably gave him the edge on this occasion (albeit only for an extended squad call-up) - it's probably just too early for Derrick Williams to have been considered for the recent and upcoming Euro qualifiers. But hopefully they can both continue to have good seasons and give us greater depth in defence for the next set of qualifiers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samhaydenjr View Post
    With them both having comparable records this season, Cunningham's greater experience at Championship level combined with his handful of caps probably gave him the edge on this occasion (albeit only for an extended squad call-up) - it's probably just too early for Derrick Williams to have been considered for the recent and upcoming Euro qualifiers. But hopefully they can both continue to have good seasons and give us greater depth in defence for the next set of qualifiers.
    Preston fans have been raving about Cunningham on their forum, not sure about Williams on the Bristol one. Also, Cunningham would be more recognised at left back. Williams being a left and centre back might come against him somewhat.

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    Although he started the season as LCB in a 3-4-3 formation, the last 2 and a bit games he's been playing LM in the same formation.

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    In the interests of balance, he's a thread on the BCFC forum about him this week: http://www.otib.co.uk/index.php?/top...rick-williams/

    "Not seen a thread on him yet but a great goal last night.I thought him filling in for Bryan would be a square pegs move, but seems to have taken to it really well, albeit just 2 matches.
    Was very concerned when Cunningham left but now feel more confident in us on that left side.
    At his best he's very cultured and calm on the ball with a good turn of pace, like a Rio Ferdinand type.
    At his worst he looks panicky and gives the ball away.
    People forget how young he is but he's acquitted himself well recently. Goes under the radar in this team. Will probably bring out the best in both him and Bryan to have competition for a LWB role.
    Good work Del"

    Not sure if it's positive that he's in direct competition with Joe Bryan either. Bryan was LWB last season when Cunningham was at the club and played most games, is a local lad and seems to be liked among the fans.

    Williams getting back to centre half might be good in the long-run. The fans appear to describe him as a more defensive player in that thread.

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    Williams and Hoban look set to join Irish contingent at Blackburn.

    http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/derrick...ail/story.html

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    If I read the article correctly, it states he is 27, but he is only 23.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gastric View Post
    If I read the article correctly, it states he is 27, but he is only 23.
    28 now. He's getting older by the hour.

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    Has probably been Blackburn's main attacking threat this afternoon, and has just set up their equalizer to make it 2-2.

    Should get a call up in 2017 if he continues this run of form.

    Left footed and can cover two positions.

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    Towk I didn't get to see as much of that game as I hoped wood u tink Cunningham or Williams looked best option for us as a left back?

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