This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Regular Punter’ series, where we gather original opinions from select, passionate fans of the clubs concerned on matters surrounding their team and share them with a wider audience…
Football League World’s Swansea City fan pundit Jacob Bellayuto has given his opinion on Ben Wilmot’s start to life in South Wales, with the 20-year-old centre back having arrived at the club this summer on loan from Premier League Watford.
The young defender had found opportunities hard to come by during the opening stages of the season due to the form of defensive duo Mike van der Hoorn and Joe Rodon, however with Rodon now ruled out for three months through injury, the Watford loanee has found game-time easier to come by, making three starts.
Wilmot has made a big impact for the Swans so far, scoring his first goal for the club in their 1-0 south Wales derby victory over rivals Cardiff, whilst also notching against Sheffield Wednesday.
Will Wilmot sign for Swansea permanently?
We decided to ask Bellayuto for his thoughts on the youngster’s start to life at the club, and here is what our fan pundit had to say:
“I do believe that Wilmot will establish himself in the side, now that Rodon isn’t available.
“He is a good young player who is ready to step up, and the two goals he has scored so far are definitely an added bonus.
“He is obviously not the tallest of centre backs, but he is confident and quick, which are very good qualities for a young defender to have.
“There will probably be some growing pains and youthful mistakes, but he can definitely be a good stand-in for Rodon.”
Bellayuto then talked up the possibility of the Swans signing Wilmot permanently, with our fan pundit stating:
“I would like to sign him permanently, especially after the game time he is going to end up having alongside Mike van der Hoorn.
“We are short of depth at the back and the signing of Wilmot permanently would be a great addition.
“It would also be a forward-thinking move, as he is a very young player.”
It is fair to say that big things will be expected of the young defender in the coming months, with Rodon and van der Hoorn having performed so well as a partnership, now is Wilmot’s chance to nail down a starting spot over the coming months.