Jordan Williams (footballer, born 1995)

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Jordan Williams
Jordan Williams.jpg
Personal information
Full name Michael Jordan Williams[1]
Date of birth (1995-11-06) 6 November 1995 (age 22)[2]
Place of birth Bangor, Wales
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[3]
Playing position Midfielder / Defender
Club information
Current team
Rochdale
Number 8
Youth career
Wrexham
2009–2014 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2018 Liverpool 0 (0)
2015 Notts County (loan) 8 (0)
2015–2016 Swindon Town (loan) 9 (0)
2017 Rochdale (loan) 12 (0)
2018– Rochdale 10 (0)
National team
Wales U17
2014 Wales U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:57, 31 October 2018 (UTC)

Michael Jordan Williams (born 6 November 1995) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays for Rochdale. He can play either central midfield or centre-back.[4][5]

Club career

Liverpool

Williams joined Liverpool academy at U14 level, having previously been playing for Wrexham.[4][5][6]

On 23 September 2014, he made his first-team debut in a League Cup clash against Middlesbrough, coming on as a substitute in 79th minute for Jordan Rossiter. Williams scored in the penalty shootout.[7] He was an unused substitute in the game against AFC Wimbledon in the third round of the FA Cup, and against Blackburn Rovers in a quarter-final of the same tournament, as well as Premier League games against Burnley and Manchester City and a UEFA Europa League clash against Turkish side Beşiktaş J.K.[8] On 22 January 2015, he signed his first professional contract, signing a two-and-a-half year deal with Liverpool.[9]

In the 2016–17 season, Williams returned from his injury and was featured for the Liverpool U23 side.[10] He did appear as an unused substitute bench in a FA Cup fourth round replay against Plymouth Argyle, which saw Liverpool win 1–0.[11] In January transfer window of 2017, Williams was expected to leave the club on a permanent basis, with Charlton Athletic and MK Dons were among interested.[12] Although the move never happened, Williams stayed at the club for the rest of the season; eventually, signing a contract extension.[13]

He was released by Liverpool at the end of the 2017-18 season.[14]

Loan Spells

On 26 March 2015, Williams was loaned out to Notts County.[15] He made his Notts County debut, where he started the whole game, in a 2–2 draw against Scunthorpe United on 28 March 2015.[16] He went on to make eight appearances for the side, as Notts County were relegated to League Two next season.[17] He returned to his parent club at the end of the 2014–15 season.[18]

On 10 July 2015, he joined Swindon Town on a season-long loan.[19] Williams made his Swindon Town debut in the opening game of the season, where he set up a goal for Nathan Byrne, who went on to score a hat–trick, in a 4–1 win over Bradford City.[20] He started out in the midfield position before moving to the defence position.[21] However, he suffered a knee injury that saw him sidelined for the most of the season.[22] Although he returned to training in early–2016, Manager Martin Ling hinted about terminating his loan with Swindon Town last month, though he resigned as Manager that month.[23] After cutting his loan spell with the club in February 2016 to allow Williams heal from his knee injury, he went on to make ten appearances for Swindon Town.[24]

On 31 August 2017, Williams was loaned to Rochdale until 1 January 2018.[25] He made his Rochdale debut, where he started the whole game and played with teammate with the same name, in a 0–0 draw against Southend United on 2 September 2017.[26] In the EFL Trophy Group Stage against Bury, Williams set up a goal for Ian Henderson to score the fourth goal, in a 4–0 win on 19 September 2017.[27] He went on to make 14 appearances for Rochdale before suffering an injury that ended his loan spell at the club.[28]

Rochdale

On 14 June 2018, he joined Rochdale on a permanent deal, signing a two-year contract.[29]

Williams’ first game after signing for the club on a permanent basis came in the opening game of the season against Burton Albion, where he started the whole game, in a 2–1 win for Rochdale.[30] During a 4–0 loss against Barnsley on 21 August 2018, the game saw three Jordan Williams playing, with two of them at Rochdale and one at Barnsley.[31]

International career

Having previously featured for the Wales U17 side, Williams made his Wales under-21 debut in a 1–1 draw against Lithuania on 9 September 2014.[32]

In August 2015, Williams was called up to the Wales senior squad for the first time.[33] He appeared as an unused substitute bench, in a 1–0 win over Cyprus on 3 September 2015.[34]

Career statistics

As of match played 30 September 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Liverpool 2014–15[35] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Notts County (loan) 2014–15[35] League One 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Swindon Town (loan) 2015–16[36] League One 9 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 10 0
Rochdale (loan) 2017–18[37] League One 7 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 8 0
Career total 24 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 27 0
  1. ^ Appearance in the EFL Trophy

Personal life

Williams was born in Bangor, North Wales. He is a fluent Welsh speaker,[38] and attended Welsh-medium school Ysgol y Garnedd.[39][5]

In March 2016, during a Europa League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford, a tweet was sent from Williams' Twitter account mocking the Munich Air Disaster. Williams claimed his Twitter account had been hacked, he apologised and deleted his account. Liverpool confirmed they would look into the matter.[40]

References

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 3 September 2014. p. 22. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Jordan M. Williams". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Jordan Williams". Premier League. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Jordan Williams". Liverpool F.C. Archived from the original on 24 August 2018. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "Who is Liverpool FC youngster Jordan Williams - the teenager called up by Wales for the two biggest games of a generation?". Wales Online. 26 August 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Five Facts About Jordan Williams". Rochdale A.F.C. 1 September 2017. Archived from the original on 24 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Liverpool 2-2 Middlesbrough". BBC Sport.
  8. ^ "AFC Wimbledon 1–2 Liverpool". BBC Football. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
    "Jordan Williams aiming to hold-down permanent place with Liverpool first-team". Empire of the Kop. 13 March 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Liverpool FC starlet Jordan Williams signs new contract". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Returning Liverpool FC loan stars on a mission to impress Klopp". Liverpool Echo. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
    "Forgotten man of Liverpool relaunching his career". Liverpool Echo. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Plymouth Argyle 0 – 1 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 19 January 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Liverpool midfielder Jordan Williams on the move". Liverpool Echo. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Liverpool release seven players as they submit retained squad list to Premier League". Liverpool Echo. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  14. ^ James Pearce (18 May 2018). "Liverpool set to release three players as they close in on the signing of Chelsea star". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Notts County Snap Up Premier League Duo On Loan". Notts County F.C. 26 March 2015. Archived from the original on 24 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Notts County 2 – 2 Scunthorpe Unitted". BBC Sport. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Gillingham 3–1 Notts County". BBC Sport. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
    "Williams: With The Fans On Our Side We Will Get Out Of This Struggle". Notts County F.C. 14 April 2015. Archived from the original on 24 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  18. ^ "The Retained List". Notts County F.C. 7 May 2015. Archived from the original on 24 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  19. ^ "Liverpool midfielder Jordan Williams joins Swindon on loan". BBC Sport. 10 July 2015.
    "Liverpool midfielder Jordan Williams joins Swindon on loan". Liverpool F.C. 10 July 2015. Archived from the original on 24 August 2018.
  20. ^ "FULL-TIME REPORT: Swindon Town 4 Bradford City 1". Swindon Advertiser. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  21. ^ "Lawrence is right behind pal Jordan". Swindon Advertiser. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
    "PLAYER RATINGS: Southend United v Swindon Town". Swindon Advertiser. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
    "PLAYER RATINGS: Swindon Town v Colchester United". Swindon Advertiser. 26 September 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  22. ^ "Williams joins Town's injury list". Swindon Advertiser. 2 October 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  23. ^ "Lawrence Vigouroux returns to Liverpool for progress report". Swindon Advertiser. 12 November 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
    "New Year resolutions for Swindon Town captain Nathan Thompson and Liverpool loanee Jordan Williams". Swindon Advertiser. 15 December 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  24. ^ "Liverpool FC youngster steps up recovery from knee injury". Liverpool Echo. 10 February 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  25. ^ "Jordan Williams joins Rochdale until January". Liverpool FC. Archived from the original on 24 August 2018.
  26. ^ "Southend United 0 – 0 Rochdale". BBC Sport. 2 September 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  27. ^ "Bury 0–4 Rochdale". Rochdale Online. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  28. ^ "It's A Brilliant Move For Me - Jordan Williams". Rochdale A.F.C. 14 June 2018. Archived from the original on 24 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  29. ^ "Jordan Williams: Rochdale sign Liverpool midfielder". BBC Sport. 14 June 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  30. ^ "Burton Albion 1 – 2 Rochdale". BBC Sport. 4 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  31. ^ "'There's only, err, three Jordan WIlliams'". BT Sport. 21 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
    "Huddersfield Town product Jordan Williams hits the headlines - three times!". The Huddersfield Examiner. 21 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  32. ^ "Lithuania U21 1-1 Wales U21". faw.org.
  33. ^ Williams senior call up
  34. ^ "Williams on the bench as Bale takes Wales close to historic qualification". The Swindon Advertiser. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
    "Cyprus 0 – 1 Wales". BBC Sport. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  35. ^ a b "Games played by Jordan Williams in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  36. ^ "Games played by Jordan Williams in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  37. ^ "Games played by Jordan Williams in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  38. ^ "Ar y Marc". BBC Radio Cymru. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  39. ^ "Cymro 19 oed yn sgorio i Lerpwl". Golwg 360. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  40. ^ "Liverpool youth player makes Munich reference on Twitter then claims 'hack'". Empire of the Kop. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
    "Liverpool investigating alleged Munich air disaster tweet by youth team player Jordan Williams". The Guardian. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
    "Liverpool's Jordan Williams accused of mocking Munich air disaster in tweet". Metro. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2018.

External links

  • Liverpool F.C. profile
  • LFC History Profile
  • Welsh FA Profile
  • Jordan Williams at Soccerbase
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