Trott will develop at Wimbledon, says Hislop
Shaka Hislop says Nathan Trott’s loan move at Wimbledon will be a “steep learning curve” that he will benefit from in the long term.
The 20-year-old Bermudian goalkeeper has joined the Sky Bet League One side on loan from Hislop’s former club West Ham United until the end of next season.
“It’s a great start for somebody at 20 years old,” Hislop, who earned an FA Cup runners-up medal during a second stint at West Ham, said. “It’s a lot tougher when you step down to those divisions. The focus isn’t on football and playing out of the back, which is one of Nathan’s strengths.
“It’s a whole lot more physical. Players are bigger, they are stronger and the game is played in the air a whole lot more, so it is more challenging.
“As big as he is for his age and as commanding as he is in the air, he’s still 20 years old, and there’s only so much in terms of physicality he can endure at that age. It is a steep learning curve, but one that stands him well in the long term.
“Just looking back at my own time I was at West Ham when the likes of Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand and Jermaine Defoe went out on loan and came back and seeing how that first team experience, albeit at a slightly lower level, had served them well I think this is following that similar path.
“West Ham know exactly what they are doing when it comes to developing young talent. Giving them opportunities in the first team, sending them out on loan is exactly what West Ham have done to very good effect.
“West Ham know exactly how important young talent is to the club and continue to do as good a job as any, certainly in England, in developing young talent.”
Trott initially signed a 2½-year deal with West Ham in January 2016, which has since been extended twice until 2022.
The son of former St George’s and Devonshire Colts goalkeeper Dwayne Trott made 12 appearances during a injury-hampered season for West Ham, ten in Premier League 2 and twice in the Checkatrade Trophy, as well being named in the East London club’s senior squad on three occasions.
He put another feather in his cap after earning the Premier League 2 Save of the Season Award for the second time in three years.
Trott has also played for England at youth level.
He was a member of the England Under-19 squad who won the 2017 European Championship in Georgia and has also been capped six times for the England Under-20s.
“He certainly looks like he has all the attributes,” Hislop, who also played for Newcastle and Trinidad and Tobago,” said. “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 also have good technique with it, I think is very encouraging.”