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Rambo backs Nathan to succeed at Wimbledon

Aaron Ramsdale urges West Ham loanee to grasp his opportunity

16 August 2019

Aaron Ramsdale returned to AFC Wimbledon briefly this week and he has backed Nathan Trott to follow in his footsteps by making a success of his loan spell here.

The young England goalkeeper made his Premier League debut for Bournemouth last weekend, having returned to his parent club after helping to keep Wimbledon in League One. Rambo, pictured with Mitch Pinnock, joined us for a Facebook Live chat before our midweek Carabao Cup fixture and believes there’s still plenty of potential within our ranks.

“Working with Bayzo (Goalkeeper coach Ashley Bayes) helped transform my game loads,” said Aaron. “He brought a lot of enjoyment back to my game. It was good fun for me coming in day in, day out working with him and the standard of goalkeeping was really high and they pushed me every way and everyday to perform in the game.

“I can’t speak highly enough of Tanz (Nik Tzanev). He’s making his way into the team now, which is brilliant for him. To see Macca (Joe McDonnell) back in a Wimbledon shirt is a really nice feeling for me and obviously Bayzo is just Bayzo! He’s a heck of a character!

“The goalkeepers at this club always get very well recognised and get a lot of love from the fans. Hopefully Trotty (Nathan Trott) realises what the fans can do for him and he grasps it with both hands. He’s a very talented young goalkeeper and in a similar situation to how I was last season by coming out on loan. For him to get back fit is the main priority now and to put in some performances. At the moment, Tanz has got the shirt and if he plays well and keeps it, then Trotty has got to work his way in.

Aaron’s special bond with the club was evident as he referred to AFC Wimbledon as “we”, even though his focus is now very much on establishing himself as the Cherries number one.

“We’ve brought in players and got a bigger squad than we had last year with more experience,” said Aaron. “I think the challenge from last year is going to really help us and hopefully it will be a different ending, but with the same sort of goal.”

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