A fully fit George Williams will be vital to helping Warrington Wolves turn their fortunes around as Super League enters the business end of the season.
That’s the view of Catalans Dragons full-back Sam Tomkins, who appeared as a guest pundit for Sky Sports in Friday night’s televised Super League clash that saw Wigan beat Warrington 26-12 at the DW Stadium.
Williams has been sidelined for almost a month with a hamstring injury, and just missed out on making it back in time for Friday’s game against his former club Wigan, according to Wolves boss Daryl Powell.
The Wire started the season in tremendous form and sat at the top of the table for a while before falling to fifth having lost their last four Super League matches.
Tomkins knows just how good of a player Williams is having played alongside him for both Wigan and England, and believes his former team-mate can help Warrington to return to winning ways sooner rather than later.
“I think they can only win a Grand Final if George Williams is fit and healthy for a long period,” two-time Man of Steel winner Tomkins said on Sky Sports.
“Hopefully George gets back on the field as soon as possible.
“Warrington, the way they attack, the full structure of the team changes without George Williams and that’s massive. They obviously aren’t as good without him.”
Warrington Wolves ace George Williams ‘can create something from nothing’
Powell’s side were without regular players Josh Thewlis, Matty Ashton, Matty Nicholson and Williams for Friday’s trip to Wigan.
Tomkins, providing in depth post-match analysis, believes Warrington can hit their straps again when Williams returns to the side.
“Out of all those players he (Daryl Powell) has got missing, he only needs one to make a massive difference to that team – George Williams,” Tomkins added.
“I just think the closer we get to the end of the season, you’ve got those tight battle games, the tough games, the one like we (Catalans) had with St Helens last night, you need that bit of brilliance.
“What we saw from Jai Field tonight… George has got that, George has got that spark. He can create something from nothing.”
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Wigan coach Matt Peet was magnanimous in victory, and also believes Warrington will be up there come the end of the season.
Peet said: “They troubled us tonight, you could see that, even with key personnel missing.
“We have players missing as well, but George is a big one for them. I’m sure if they can keep applying themselves like that and they get George and a few more troops back, they’ll be right there at the end (of the season).”
Warrington don’t have a game next week due to the Challenge Cup semi-finals taking place. They will aim to return to winning ways when they travel to Wakefield on Sunday, July 30, with Williams expected to be back in the side.