Trott set for West Ham departure this summer

West Ham United goalkeeper Nathan Trott is to be allowed to leave the club on loan this summer, according to a tweet from co-owner David Gold.

What’s the word?

The Hammers have completed the signings of two goalkeepers in the past few days, agreeing deals to bring in Roberto from Espanyol and David Martin from Millwall.

Trott has yet to make his senior debut for the Hammers but has been on the bench three times: twice against Manchester City and once against Leicester City.

And Gold has now confirmed that the club’s acquisitions will allow the England Under-20 international to leave on a short-term deal this summer.

He wrote: “Just to confirm we have signed goalkeeping David Martin – son of Irons legend Alvin – on a free transfer from Millwall.

“His arrival will allow us to send promising youngster, England youth international Nathan Trott, 20, out on loan next season to gain first-team experience.”

The youngster has made 55 appearances for the Under-23s, conceding 90 goals and keeping 15 clean sheets.

A wasted opportunity

This feels like a misstep from West Ham.

Constantly looking to bring in experienced goalkeepers, particularly those without much quality, purely to pad out the squad doesn’t make much sense.

There was the opportunity here for Trott to be promoted to third-choice and learn under both Lukasz Fabianski and one potential signing.

Instead, two have come in and he will be shipped out, likely to a Championship or League One club, where he will learn nothing of the demands of the Premier League.

When one drills down into it, this is almost certainly an error of judgement from the Irons.