Brandon Williams gives a bright spark during a miserable Norwich season


Despite assurances from Norfolk during the summer that this was not the case, Norwich continue to use the Premier League as a revolving door.

They were moved up from the championship in 2019. They were moved down in 2020. They were moved up again in 2021. With the exception of one miracle, they will be relegated again in 2022.

Dean Smith replaced Daniel Farke in the Carrow Road dugout last month, and it has admittedly looked a little more promising for Norwich after his appointment. After a narrow – and somewhat unfortunate – loss to Manchester United this weekend, there were real signs of life for the Canary Islands.

Next was Aston Villa – the club Smith was fired from last month, the club he has supported since he was a child. The story was widespread for the 50-year-old to come back and bite the hand that used to feed him.

And then Norwich made one of their most pathetic performances of the season in a 2-0 loss. D’oh.

Smith’s team was second best in every single division, losing every duel and with every player being squeezed by their Villa counterpart. All bar one – Brandon Williams.

The youngster was recalled to the starting line-up after he was not eligible to face the parent club United last time. As has so often been the case this season, Williams was up for the fight when his teammates really weren’t.

It’s hard to have a huge impact on a bad team as a right-footed left-back – especially one who is not very blessed with pace – and yet Williams officially leaves the pitch as a loser, but still one of the only tryers and destined for bigger and better cases.

That does not mean he will join the Man Utd team when he returns to Old Trafford at the end of the season, but he is at least a good Premier League player, one who provides a useful profile for any side of the division.

Williams was not even the most notable loan signing Norwich made this summer; Billy Gilmour – fresh from a decent European Championship 2020 campaign – joined Chelsea to great fanfare, but Tuesday’s defeat to Villa summed up both of their spells on Carrow Road perfectly.

Where Gilmour was passive and did not exactly cover himself in honor of any of Villa’s goals, Williams was always ready for the fight, always showing the ball and carrying with it the courage a player in a relegation battle should.

United team Williams will be reunited in May may look very different than now, but at this rate he has done enough to guarantee a place in their squad for next season. A number of Premier League clubs will try to make a deal with the Red Devils if not.

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