Jonathan Williams (footballer)

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Jonny Williams
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Personal information
Full name Jonathan Peter Williams[1]
Date of birth (1993-10-09) 9 October 1993 (age 20)
Place of birth Pembury, Kent, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Crystal Palace
Number 20
Youth career
Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011– Crystal Palace 52 (0)
2014 Ipswich Town (loan) 12 (1)
National team
2007–2009 Wales U17 16 (1)
2009 Wales U19 5 (0)
2010– Wales U21 7 (1)
2013– Wales 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:36, 13 September 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Jonathan Peter Williams (born 9 October 1993) is a professional footballer who plays for Crystal Palace and the Wales national team. He is a right-footed attacking midfielder who can also play wide.

Career[edit]

Crystal Palace[edit]

2011–12[edit]

Williams made his breakthrough into the Crystal Palace first team at the very beginning of the 2011–12 season after much hype surrounding his performances for the academy and reserve side the previous term. He made his debut coming on as a second half substitute at home to Coventry City on 16 August 2011. Just one week later Williams made his full first team debut in the opening game of the 2011–12 League Cup game at home to Crawley Town. He played 85 minutes, grabbing his first assist before getting a standing ovation from the home crowd. He scored his first professional goal for Crystal Palace on 13 September 2011 against Wigan Athletic in the League Cup.

On 15 November 2011, Williams suffered a broken fibula in his right leg whilst on U21 international duty with Wales which forced him to miss the second and most of the final third of the season. After three months out, he returned to the starting line-up in what was his first game since the injury on 19 March 2012 at home to Hull City, playing 71 minutes. Williams only made a handful of appearances after his return from injury as the coaching staff wanted to give him enough to time rest enabling him to regain full fitness in time for the start of the new season. He ended the season having played in 18 first team games. On 10 May, Williams signed a five-year contract keeping him at the club until 2017.

2012–13[edit]

Williams played in four pre-season games prior to the season, recovering from his broken leg, although on the last game against Reading, he was brought off due to a slight calf injury, forcing him to miss the first four games of the season. After Williams recovered from his injury, he came on as a sub on 1 September against Sheffield Wednesday, Palace's first win of the season. His efforts after making a comeback from the injury were rewarded when Williams received Crystal Palace's Young Player of the Year award for the 2012–13 season. On 16 July 2014 he scored twice in a 13-1 pre-season friendly win against GAK Graz.[2]

Ipswich Town (loan)[edit]

On 27 February 2014, it was confirmed by Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish that Jonathan Williams would be loaned to Ipswich Town initially for 1 month due to not being involved in the first team picture at Crystal Palace.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 13 September 2014
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Crystal Palace 2011–12 14 0 1 0 0 0 4 1 3 0 0 0 18 1 4
2012–13 27 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 33 0 3
2013–14 9 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0
2014–15 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
Ipswich Town (loan) 2013–14 12 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1 1
Career total 64 1 4 3 0 0 7 1 4 3 0 0 77 2 8

International career[edit]

Williams qualifies for Wales as his father was born in Anglesey.

Williams was the second youngest player to play for the Welsh under 21's having just turned 17. Williams was called up to the senior Wales squad on 3 October 2011, following injuries to three players for the matches against Switzerland and Bulgaria. On 15 November 2011, Williams suffered a broken fibula in his right leg whilst on U21 International duty with Wales.

On 29 August 2012, Williams was again called up to the Wales senior squad by manager Chris Coleman for the World Cup qualifiers against Belgium and Serbia. In January 2013, he was selected in the Wales under-21 squad for the friendly match against Iceland on 6 February 2013 and he scored in the 3–0 victory.[4] On 22 March 2013 Williams made his international debut in a 2–1 victory over Scotland when he appeared as a substitute at half time in place of Gareth Bale.[5] He made his full debut four days later in a 2–1 defeat at home to Croatia.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League Squad Numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Pre-Season Report: GAK Graz 1-13 Crystal Palace". cpfc.co.uk. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Crystal Palace supremo confirms midfielder loan to Ipswich Town". Croydonadvertiser.co.uk (Mark Ritson - Croydon Advertiser). 27 February 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Wales under-21 squad
  5. ^ "Jonathan Williams tipped for bright future by Chris Colman". bbc.co.uk (BBC Sport). 26 March 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "World Cup 2014 qualifier: Wales 1–2 Croatia". bbc.co.uk (BBC Sport). 26 March 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 

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