As www.islandstats.com indicated yesterday that AF Wimbledon’s coach announced a signing of a goalkeeper, today www.islandstats.com can confirm that AFC Wimbledon have confirmed the loan signing of England Under 20 International Nathan Trott.
The West Ham goalkeeper, 20, has joined the Dons on a season-long loan deal.
Trott is yet to make a senior debut, but has played in the EFL Trophy for West Ham Under 23’s and played in the Premier League 2 since he was 17.
He was raised in Bermuda before joining West Ham in 2016 after being recommended by fellow Bermudian and West Ham player Clyde Best.
Wally Downes, also previously on West Ham’s books as a coach, said that they beat the signature of a lot of other clubs.
He told the club website: “We watched Nathan last season and he is a very talented boy, so we are delighted to have him here on loan. I got close to the West Ham loans manager and after the success we had with Aaron Ramsdale and progressing him as a keeper, they were keen for Nathan to come to us. Although there were a lot of clubs in for him, we managed to pip them to it.
“You get to see all the games now on the various media platforms and Nathan has been on my radar for quite a while. I watched Nathan play from the comfort of my own home and I went along to watch him live in a couple of reserve games at the end of last season. He is a very talented, agile, goalkeeper. Though he is young, that shouldn’t inhibit him. Bayzo brought the best out of Aaron Ramsdale and I expect him to do the same job with Nathan.”
Trott joined in with his new team-mates at AFC Wimbledon’s first day of pre-season.
Without Trott ever playing a game for a professional senior side, it is hard to predict how good of a signing this is.
However, based on the opinion of Downes, and also West Ham’s goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero, it looks like he is a very capable keeper with a big future.
This can also be suggested by England favoring the keeper at youth level, who was even picked for the Under 21 Toulon Tournament.