West Ham drew 2-2 with Bournemouth last weekend and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale made an impression. The youngster made a few decent saves to limit West Ham to two goals on the south coast.
Ramsdale’s rapid rise to Premier League stardom has been impressive. And it should act as the inspiration for West Ham youngster Nathan Trott. The pair are enjoying similar career progression, although the young Hammer is one step behind. Trott needs to use Ramsdale as his blueprint for success.
Aaron Ramsdale makes big leap
Last season, Ramsdale was sent out on loan to AFC Wimbledon. He needed to gain some first-team experience away from Bournemouth to prove himself. In January, he moved to the Dons and this was the best thing for him.
The 21-year-old helped keep Wimbledon in League One and established himself as a fan favourite. In the summer, he returned to Bournemouth and instantly won the number one shirt.
Ramsdale is now Bournemouth’s first-choice goalkeeper – ahead of Artur Boruc and Mark Travers. His performance against West Ham showed why. This is the example Trott should be looking to follow.
Nathan Trott at AFC Wimbledon
Trott succeeded Ramsdale at AFC Wimbledon. In the summer, West Ham decided to send the Bermuda-born stopper to South West London – presumably hoping he’d enjoy similar success to Ramsdale.
After a slow start due to injuries, Trott is now the established number one at Kingsmeadow and he has impressed with his performances. Wimbledon are struggling badly in the league but Trott’s displays have been promising.
There is a long way to go before he can follow in his England U21 team-mate Ramsdale’s footsteps. One major stumbling block is Lukasz Fabianski. But Trott has the ingredients to succeed and Ramsdale is proof that it can be done.