West Ham goalkeeper Nathan Trott is likely to be loaned out for the 2019/20 season, according to a report by The London Evening Standard.
Trott is a highly-rated young goalkeeper in West Ham’s academy. But the club know he needs some first-team experience. This is why they will probably send him out on loan this summer.
Nathan Trott: a bright prospect
Trott joined West Ham in early 2016 on the recommendation of Clyde Best. The ex-Hammer and Trott are both Bermudian. However, Trott has now challenged his allegiance to England.
The England U20 international has been a regular in West Ham’s academy teams since joining the club. But he is yet to make his senior debut for the Irons.
In total, the 20-year-old has played 55 times for West Ham’s U23 team. But his only senior experience has come in the EFL Trophy. A loan move is the sensible next step as his career progresses.
Nathan Trott exit means new goalkeeper incoming
Trott’s loan exit will be a one-year arrangement to ensure he is ready to step up in the 2020/21 season. But with Adrian leaving this summer, the Hammers need a new goalkeeper.
Lukasz Fabianski is the undisputed number one choice. Trott and fellow academy goalkeeper Joseph Anang are highly-rated. But with Trott heading out on loan and Anang not quite ready, a back-up stopper will be signed to fill a short-term gap.
This same report by The London Evening Standard suggests West Ham will swoop for Willy Caballero. The 37-year-old’s contract at Chelsea is due to run out, making him a free agent.
The 5-cap Argentina goalkeeper has worked with Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga and Manchester City. And he could be the ideal one-year stop-gap before Trott steps up.