Crystal Palace midfielder Jonathan Williams has rejoined Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town on loan until the 31st December 2014, having struggled to force his way into Neil Warnock’s first-team during the opening weeks of the Premier League season.
Whilst no one at Palace would deny that Williams has more than enough talent to succeed at the highest level of the game, there is simply no way of finding him a regular place in our starting line-up as things stand, with Mile Jedinak, Joe Ledley and James McArthur having formed an ominously efficient trio at the heart of our midfield, giving Williams no option other than to move elsewhere in the short-term, if he is to continue playing first-team football on a regular basis.
Understandably, there was no shortage of suitors for Williams’ signature, with Dougie Freedman’s Bolton Wanderers supposedly showing serious interest in taking him, but ultimately, the Wales international decided that he would be best served by returning to the scene of his successful loan spell from last season.
Having been extremely well received by the fans at Portman Road, where he even managed to secure himself the Goal of the Season award, Jonny will be welcomed back by everyone with open arms in East Anglia, as he looks to further enhance an already sparkling reputation within the game.
Some have suggested that we may never see Williams in a Palace shirt again, whilst others have laughed off those claims completely, stating that Palace are well aware of his potential and as such, are keen to retain his services on a permanent basis for many years to come.
Unfortunately, regardless of his potential, should Ipswich be able to offer him regular first-team starts for the foreseeable future whilst we cannot, the decision will likely hinge solely on Williams long-term ambitions as a player, rather than sentiment for the past.
Hopefully it never comes to that, but as time continues to tick away, you do have to wonder when or indeed if, we will ever see Jonny playing regularly in a Palace shirt. It’s a sad thought, that’s for sure.