View: Neco Williams is ideal man to take Djed Spence role at Nottingham Forest
Nottingham Forest are preparing for their first season back in the Premier League but they need to replace one of their stars from last season.
Right-back Djed Spence was a sensation for Steve Cooper’s side as they stormed to playoff glory in the Championship but he was only on loan at the City Ground from Middlesbrough and he now appears set to join Tottenham Hotspur instead.
As a result, Forest have turned their attention to Liverpool full-back Neco Williams [Sky Sports] after he too earned promotion from the second tier last season, winning the league while on loan ta Fulham.
With talks at an advanced stage and no other side seemingly as far along in negotiations, it appears that Spence’s replacement has been found and he may even be even better than the original for what Cooper wants from a full-back.
Most crucially for a team such as Forest’s which presses high and often, the Welsh international loves to be aggressive and on the front foot without the ball.
In this game against Swansea, in which the Cottagers won 5-1 in South Wales, Williams charged out from his full-back position to meet the Swans attacker head one as they tried to break out of defence with 10-men.
Not only did the Welshman steal the ball away from the home side but he didn’t stand back and watch his attackers finish the job after his good work in defence.
He surged into the box and was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to sweep home a rebound to score what was Fulham’s fourth goal of the evening at the Swansea.com Stadium.
Nottingham Forest supporters might be even giddier at seeing his second goal of that game which completed the scoring ten minutes from time.
The 21-year-old set himself up on the edge of the area and fired in a stunning volley that sailed over the goalkeeper and into the far corner that would earn him plenty of replays if he repeated it again on Match of the Day this season.
In other Nottingham Forest news, Cooper has his eyes set on a Newcastle youngster who himself earned promotion last season.