Arsenal are joined by Watford and bitter rivals, Tottenham Hotspur in the pursuit of highly rated League Two centre-half, Ben Wilmot. The 18-year-old has been inviting high praise from fans and pundits alike by showing great maturity and composure on the defensive end.
The 6 feet 2 inches Englishman currently plays for his hometown club, Stevenage and has racked up 14 appearances this season, across all competitions. The chairman of the club, Phil Wallace said he was ‘a defender that will play at the highest level’ in his programme notes.
Manager, Darren Sarll said that Wilmot reminded him of West Ham target Alfie Mawson, who he brought into Brentford when he was youth team manager. The Boro head coach was quoted, “He didn’t look 18, did he? He’s got a reading of the game, and an intelligence. I was very lucky at Brentford that I recruited a young man called Alfie Mawson, who’d been released from Reading.”
“They have a very similar compatibility between them as players and people. Both have got a fantastic desire. Alfie has gone on to play at the very top and for his country (at Under-21 level). Listen, regardless of whether Ben plays for his country or not, I think he’ll play at the very top.”
It is quite clear as to why clubs from the top-division would take an interest in this young man. Wilmot has shown signs of future stardom which can be nurtured by training alongside better players.
There always are youngsters in the lower divisions who…