Ipswich Town is right for for Jonny Williams despite midfielder’s admiration for Bolton Wanderers’ boss
Ipswich Town loan midfielder Jonny Williams would like to work with Bolton Wanderers’ manager Dougie Freedman again, but insisted the Blues were the right team to leave Crystal Palace for at the moment.
Williams, 20, who scored as a substitute on his second debut for Town in the 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday, on Tuesday, was also the subject of interest from the struggling Trotters, whose 4-0 thumping at Fulham on Wednesday saw them drop to 23rd spot in the Championship.
Freedman was Williams’ manager at Selhurst Park, before leaving for Lancashire, and the Welshman has a lot of time for the former Palace and Wolves striker.
“I’d read about Bolton’s interest in the papers and through my agent as well. But Ipswich just seemed right,” said Williams, who hopes to be fit for Town’s clash with Nottingham Forest on Sunday, after being substituted at Hillsborough with a groin twinge.
“I’d like to work with Dougie Freedman again in the future because of what he did for me when I was 17 and in the academy at Palace.
He added: “Neil Warnock wanted me to go out on loan and get some games and I agreed with him – I wasn’t getting on the bench in the last two league games. At this moment in my career I need matches under my belt.
“It’s quite understandable (not playing at Palace. I don’t think me getting injured in pre-season helped because I missed the start of the campaign, so in a way I was playing catch-up with my match sharpness.
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“In a way I am still in that situation but hopefully I’ll gain that while on loan.
“The (Palace) lads have been fantastic – I can’t argue with the team selection at the moment.”
Meanwhile, Williams wants to add more goals to his game, having netted just the third of his professional career at Hillsborough, and his second for the Blues.
“I want to add that to my game – getting in goal-scoring positions and taking them on myself with confidence,” he said.
“I went for the knee-slide celebration – it was the one I used last time I scored for Ipswich.
“It’s alright when the pitch is wet, but not one to try in the dry.”
Town travel to the City Ground on Sunday, hoping to extend their unbeaten run to seven games.
The Reds are second-top, two points clear of the fifth-placed Blues, in a division which is extremely difficult to judge, according to the midfielder.
“It’s a great league – probably the most unpredictable one,” he said.
“You look at the fixtures on a Saturday and can’t say anything with confidence. It is so tight.
“Palace could easily have not been in the Premier League if Kev [Phillips] didn’t put the penalty in the top corner – the margins of winning and losing in this league are so slim.”