AFC Wimbledon are looking to loan out goalkeeper Matthew Cox next season according to the club’s official website, amidst transfer interest in the youngster from Aston Villa and Norwich City.
The 18-year-old has impressed many with his progression at Plough Lane in recent years and has been on the cusps of the first team for quite some time since stepping up from the club’s prolific academy.
And his great strides in SW19 haven’t gone unnoticed elsewhere with Football Insider reporting last month that both Villa and the Canaries were keen on bringing the player to the Premier League this summer.
Cox is yet to make his first team debut for Wimbledon but is regarded as one of the club’s brightest ever academy graduates and it now seems that he could be set for a temporary spell away from the League One outfit next term in order to build up his experience of men’s football.
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The goalkeeper signed a pro deal with the Dons in May of last year and has been capped at youth level by England.
I have been lucky enough to watch a lot of Cox in action over the past 12 months and I can honestly say that he is one of the best young keepers that I have seen in his age category.
His distribution is superb and he commands the box well for someone that is so young, so it is perfectly understandable that he is attracting interest from clubs higher up the pyramid.
The Dons have big plans for him and now is the time for the teenager to head out on loan and get some senior football under his belt.
He has been banging on Mark Robinson’s door about getting opportunities for quite some time and there is no doubt that he will relish the opportunity to impress out on loan at another club.