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29.4% pass success: A closer look at player Pellegrini decided to let leave West Ham on loan



AFC Wimbledon have endured a poor start to their League One campaign, with the Dons only mustering a points return of three from a possible 27 up for grabs, in what has been a disappointing series of results for Wally Downes’ men so far this season. 

Downes has worked hard to restructure his squad this summer following the Wombles’ miraculous turnaround to stave off the threat of relegation last season, with the Dons boss bringing in nine new faces, including five loanees from various clubs.

It was these additions who helped to fill the void left by an exodus of nine players who left the club during the summer months.

One player in particular who has made a solid impact since moving on loan to Kingsmeadow is talented West Ham goalkeeper Nathan Trott, who joined the club on a temporary basis at the back end of June after signing a new contract last season with the Hammers.

With the 20 year-old keeper embarking on his first ever spell out on loan in professional football, we decided to shine our spotlight on the youngster’s start to life at Wimbledon.

Trott has so far made six appearances for the Wombles since arriving at the club, with the West Ham loanee having to wait for his Dons bow after suffering a groin injury that prevented him from partaking in the South London club’s first two games of the season, before he was then called up by the England under 21 side for the first time, meaning that he missed the away fixture against Milton Keynes earlier this month.

In the fixtures that Trott has appeared in this season, he has averaged 3.8 saves per game, a respectable total that puts him fourth highest in the standings for the amount of saves made in League One this season.

When diving further into his statistics for saves made this season, it is clear that one of Trott’s main strengths is his ability to save shots that he faces from close range, which is supported by the fact that he makes an average of 2.2 saves from shots taken within the penalty area per game.

And his presence within the borders of the penalty box are further supported by, who identified Trott’s ability to come off his line quickly as one of the main features of his style of play this season.

This is a feature of the youngsters game that will please West Ham, with the East London side well known for playing a high line that involves their defenders controlling the game within the oppositions half for long periods, thus making them vulnerable to through balls and subsequently counter attacks.

However his shot saving skills are not only limited to the boundaries of the penalty area, with Trott also averaging 1.3 saves per game from shots that are taken from outside of the box, further indicating that both West Ham and Wimbledon have a great shot stopper on their hands.

Lastly, West Ham will be keen for Trott to improve the quality of his distribution from goal kicks, with the 20 year-old shot stopper registering an extremely low pass success rating of just 29.4%, which could be put down to Wimbledon manager Wally Downes preference for his team to play long balls, as shown by Trott’s average of 7.2 long balls per game.

Writer and Journalist for Football League World.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: 29.4% pass success: A closer look at player Pellegrini decided to let leave West Ham on loan

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