Everton fans have been giving their thoughts after learning that centre-back Ashley Williams will spend the season on loan with Stoke City and most are happy about the news.

The Wales international captain moved to the Toffees in 2016, signing a three-year contract, and has since played 73 times for the Goodison Park outfit in all competitions.

However, he played an increasingly limited role last season as both Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce often preferred the likes of Michael Keane and Ramiro Funes Mori alongside Phil Jagielka.

And it is clear that new boss Marco Silva does not see Williams as part of his first-team plans at Goodison Park either.

The Welshman has therefore been allowed to leave and will join relegated Stoke in the Championship as they bid to make a return to the top flight under new manager Gary Rowett.

It marks a return to his footballing roots of sorts for Williams, who began his senior career with Hednesford Town in Staffordshire having been released by West Bromwich Albion as a youngster.

Plenty of Everton fans have weighed in with heavy criticism of the 33-year-old, arguing that he showed a poor attitude and a decline in performance as a result.

They singled Williams out for incidents in Europa League games against Lyon and his Premier League sending off against Burnley as actions not befitting those of a club captain.

They are pleased to see him leaving and with one year left on his contract, expect that they have seen the last of him wearing an Everton shirt.

While some fans were prepared to wish him all the best – particularly on the back of an excellent first season at the club – the overwhelming sentiment among supporters is one of happiness that he is leaving.

Here are some of those tweets.

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