Scouting: Randell Williams
Exeter City's breakthrough star.
Randell Williams is a 23 year old normally operating off the right wing for League Two side Exeter City. With his breakthrough season this season, Williams has taken League Two by storm this season. Blessed with blistering pace, Randell can dribble, shoot and create and all prolifically. Definitely operating at a level higher that England's fourth tier, Randell could be moving on up, be that with Exeter City or if a move to another club.
A true creator, Williams had pushed Exeter City to 4th in the League Two standings, prior to football being put on pause due to the coronavirus outbreak, with a monster 14 assists in the league. Partner those with 5 goals in 3,000 League Two minutes means Williams has a goal contribution every 157 minutes. This should come as no surprise, given Randell's 1.6 shots and 1.8 key passes per 90. It makes Williams Exeter City's most creative player, ahead of Nicky Law who has 7 goals and 7 assists. A pass completion of 71% from a winger is also nothing to be sniffed at, as wingers typically have lower pass percentages due to crossing the ball more than other players.
Randell Williams truly is an elite creator for the level he is currently playing at, and probably should be operating higher than where he currently is. With Exeter City sat in a play-off place at the moment, there is every chance Williams could get promotion with The Grecians and continue tearing up League One. He's in comfortable surroundings and could very much continue to produce truly outrageous statistics, or he could take his numbers to another club and potentially even game promotion to the Championship. Valued in the region of £2m, Williams could be a savvy signing for a top tier League One side or a lower level Championship side. And at only 23, he still could have some growth in him yet.
With Ipswich dropping into England's third tier, they could do a whole lot worse than signing Randell to operate off of their right wing. With Danny Rowe's contract coming to an end in summer 2020, bringing Williams in could be a smart acquisition. With the already youthful Andre Dozzell and Flynn Downes in the squad, Ipswich could well be building for the future and to gain promotion back in the Championship, perhaps with a view on pushing up the table once there. Whilst potentially costing a pretty penny, Williams could definitely repay the Ipswich faithful and gain them promotion back to the Championship.
A move to Brentford to replace one of the potential outgoings of Ollie Watkins or Said Benrahma could be a very exciting prospect for Williams, as he'd be playing in one of the most exciting attacking tridents in the Championship. However, with Bryan Mbeumo currently operating on the right of The Bees' trident, Williams could potentially be shifted on to the left hand side to replace the very sought after Said Benrahma. He would cost Brentford a fraction of the fee they'd recieve for Benrahma, with Arsenal rumoured to be interested for a transfer in the region of £20m. Costing around a tenth of that fee, Williams could well be a worthy investment.
With Jarrod Bowen now gone, Hull City should be in the market for a player to operate on their right flank. With Bowen moving to West Ham in January 2020 for what Transfermarkt reported to be around £20m, Randell would be a worth investment and could help wrestle them from the lower regions of the Championship. It would also allow The Tigers to invest heavily in other areas of their squad with the remaining cash.
Either way, Randell Williams should be pushing further up the leagues and could be terrorising Championship level defences in no time. Keep an eye out.