Trott making most of working alongide Hart
Nathan Trott is reaping the benefits of being an understudy to England goalkeeper Joe Hart at Premier League side West Ham United.
Trott, West Ham Under-23 goalkeeper, trains daily with Slaven Bilic’s first team alongside the England No 1 and is making the most of the opportunity to learn from his experienced team-mate, who is on loan from Manchester City.
“With Joe’s experience with England and in club football, you’ve only got the option to follow what he does and he’s a great character on and off the pitch,” Trott said.
“He is a great professional and these are people that, as a young player, you must look up to.
“The way he commands and leads the team is on another level. He’s also a top-class goalkeeper.”
The former BAA player is also putting some of the pointers he has learnt from West Ham’s No 2 goalkeeper Adrián to good use.
“They have both helped me a lot,” he said. “I try to take on as much as I can.
“They are very different keepers, so I can take different things from both of them, which is good. Both are mentally tough. They really help me.
“Hopefully I can reach the level they are both at internationally and at club football.”
The 18-year-old goalkeeper has been named in Bilic’s first-team squad for this season.
“Being in and around the first team gives me a different picture,” Trott said. “Being with them has been a great experience so far and it gives me a chance to see all the lads preparing and see how they do that.
“I just try to follow in the footsteps of many people I work with, and Joe’s one of the them.”
Trott signed an initial 2½-year deal with West Ham in January 2016 which has since been extended until 2020 and has established himself as the No 1 for the club’s Under-23 squad.
He has also been capped twice for the England at the Under-20 level, where he has yet to concede a goal, and was a member of England’s squad that won this summer’s European Under-19 Championship in Georgia.