Brandon Williams went out on a season-long loan to Norwich City to gain first team football in the Premier League and to continue his development.
With Luke Shaw and Alex Telles on the left and Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot on the right it was the right decision by all parties to ensure his exposure to senior first team football didn’t stagnate.
After four straight starts in the top-flight for the Canaries, it looked like Williams had become a permanent fixture in Daniel Farke’s starting line-up.
But the Manchester United loanee has been dropped for the last two games and replaced by Dimitrios Giannoulis, who started the season as Norwich’s first choice left-back before Williams arrived at the club.
Brandon Williams has to bide his time
With Norwich not looking like they had learnt from their last venture in the Premier League under Farke where they were shipping goals for fun, the German manager has battened down the hatches.
In the last two games that Williams has been out of the side, Norwich have had two successful 0-0s against Burnley and Brighton, which were the club’s first clean sheets of the season.
With Max Aarons in charge of the right wing-back berth if fit, Williams is going to have to rise to the challenge and oust Giannoulis again.
Competition for places
Whilst Williams is plying his trade for last season’s Championship winners, Ethan Laird continues to dazzle at Swansea City and Alvaro Fernandez continues to shine in Manchester United’s academy sides.
The competition for full-back places is only going to intensify when Williams eventually returns to Carrington and he will be eager to impress Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the Premier League.
It looks like Brandon Williams has a battle on his hands to fight his way back into Farke’s plans, but the United youngster has the temperament and ability to respond.
He’ll be working doubly hard to impress on the training ground and be ready to seize his opportunity if and when it comes his way.
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