Former West Ham United goalkeeper Shaka Hislop is hugely excited to see what young Hammers shot-stopper Nathan Trott can do out on loan next season.
The 20-year-old has joined up with League One side AFC Wimbledon ahead of the new campaign, and Hislop believes he has everything to make waves for Manuel Pellegrini’s side in the future.
“He certainly looks like he has all the attributes,” he told the Royal Gazette. “He does everything very well. He’s technically very sound which I always think is a really good sign for a goalkeeper that age. I kind of base my own career and the length of it off being technically sound.
“I don’t think I was as gifted as other goalkeepers. But I certainly paid a lot of close attention to technique and making sure I’m doing things right, and I think that served me well, certainly in the long term and playing as long as I did. To see somebody at 20 years old with those physical attributes and [to] also have good technique with it, I think is very encouraging.”
Trott is certainly someone who the West Ham supporters will be keeping a keen eye on next season. He has been incredibly highly rated within the Hammers academy for some time now, and so it’s good for him to finally get a chance to go out and play first team football. There are high hopes at the London Stadium that the youngster will one day be the team’s number one, but to do that he needs to get some experience. This upcoming spell with AFC Wimbledon will give him that. It’s going to be difficult, the learning curve will be steep for him, but as Hislop says, he has all the attributes. He’s physically very imposing, while his technique and his passing out from the back is impeccable. If he can cope with the physicality of the men’s game and can adapt to the high pressure environment of first team football, then there’s no reason why he shouldn’t thrive in League One next term.