Manchester United academy graduate, Brandon Williams, will spend the rest of the season on loan at Norwich City after both clubs came to an agreement towards the back end of last week.
Williams, 20, has shown some promising signs whilst playing as a versatile full-back over the past few seasons- both for England’s under-21s and Manchester United’s senior squad.
Despite this, it has become clear that although Williams has the ability to play as either a right or left full-back, as a result of the quality in depth within these positions at United, he is increasingly struggling to stake his claim as a first-choice player.
For this reason, both Williams and his representatives, alongside Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, have decided that a season-long loan move would be ideal for the career progression of the young English prospect- offering him the chance to play first-team football at a decent Premier League side such as Norwich City.Embed from Getty Images
Brandon Williams has already displayed many exciting attributes that have caught the attention of Manchester United fans, who evidently appreciate his die-hard mentality, and his tenacious, aggressive playing style. Williams is a very attacking-minded full-back, who possesses lightning-fast pace, which also allows him to bomb up and down the flank to recover possession from the opposition attackers- These are some of the qualities that Norwich manager, Daniel Farke, has identified in Williams.
Farke, speaking on the loan signing of Brandon Williams via canaries.co.uk, described him as, ‘a young player full of potential’, who has, ‘already proven that he can perform at the top level’. Farke, during this interview, also recognises the potential for Williams to play in either of the full-back positions, with this adaptability being a significant factor in his recruitment.Embed from Getty Images
This loan move to Norwich can only be a positive step for Brandon Williams in his career. He will inevitably gain valuable playing time and experience within the Norwich ranks, playing amongst some fantastic young talents such as Max Aarons, Billy Gilmour, and Todd Cantwell, as well as some experienced veterans such as Teemu Pukki and Tim Krul. In addition to this, Williams will benefit from playing under the tutelage of an experienced, well-rounded manager like Farke, who will guide Williams into further developing his maturity as a footballer and improving his overall game.
This season will certainly be a test of mental and physical resilience for Brandon Williams, who will emerge a more experienced, improved, and ever more skilled performer, providing all goes well throughout his loan move. Either way, this decision was the best possible for Brandon Williams as it will provide him with a platform from which to build himself and develop his abilities- an opportunity that, arguably, has diminished recently at United for Brandon.