Iñaki Williams is still part of the first team set-up at Athletic. Whilst there is a shadow of doubt regarding Aduriz’s fitness, Williams is set to be called up for the squad for the Champions League game against BATE. Aduriz has not completely shaken of the pains in his femoral biceps but still trained with the rest of the team yesterday before doing specialized exercises with Gurpegui and Laporte. There is a great deal of competition in the forward line despite Toquero still being ruled out. Viguera, Sola and Guillermo, are all candidates to be the central forward.
Williams is the man of the moment in Bilbao. Just 20 old, the player has been on a roller-coaster of emotions over the past few days: called-up to train with the first team, making the squad and finally making his debut in the starting line-up for Saturday’s La Liga game against Cordoba. Iñaki’s history and especially that of his family is one of achievement. His mother, from Liberia, was forced to abandon the country with civil war raging. She was forced to flee to Ghana at the age of 16 and later met Inaki’s father. The both decided to immigrate to Spain and eventually settled in Euskadi. Iñaki was born in Bilbao. Athletic spotted and signed Iñaki in 2012 and his younger brother Nico, at just 12 years of age is another talent in the Athletic Club youth teams.
Williams is the twentieth player to debut under Valverde at Bilbao. Iraola, Llorente and Rico are some of the coaches’ protegees.