Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Aaron Keto-Diyawa has signed professional terms at Molineux.
In a recent statement on the Wolves website, the club revealed that the 18-year-old left wing-back has put pen to paper on his first contract with the Premier League side, having joined the Black Country club from Fulham as a first-year scholar back in the summer of 2020.
In reaction to his signing, Wolves’ technical director, Scott Sellars, said: “Aaron came into the academy from Fulham last summer because we thought he had potential and a great left foot, and he’s really settled in well to the club and has shown a great attitude.
“We knew he was a good athlete, but he’s another really hard worker and has a great work ethic, which has allowed him to thrive at Wolves since he’s been here, but he’s really kicked on to another level in the last six months.
“He’s been very consistent and when he has had the chance to jump up into the U23s, he’s performed well and not looked out of place at all. All season he’s performed to a very consistent level and that is why he is deserving of his pro contract.”
Considering the sheer amount of potential Keto-Diyawa possesses, the news that Wolves have tied the teenager down to a professional contract is sure to have left fans of the club rather excited.
Indeed, it is clear to see why Tim Spiers suggested that “big things are expected” of the 18-year-old, as the left-back featured in all but four of Wolves U18s’ Premier League North fixtures last season, in addition to having played every available minute for the U18s so far this term.
The defender also impressed when making the step up to U23 football, completing 41 passes, one dribble, making three clearances, one tackle and winning three duels against Wigan Athletic in the Papa Johns Trophy – with these returns seeing the youngster earn a respectable SofaScore match rating of 6.5.
With Wolves struggling for numbers in their first team, tying down players like the teenager is incredibly advantageous for Lage and co who are having to work with slim pickings. Journalist Luke Hatfield has already outlined this as a problem so developing the likes of Keto-Diyama should be exciting for supporters and coaches alike at Molineux.
It undoubtedly appears as if the 18-year-old has a very bright future ahead of him in the professional game – a future which, after the recent development, looks as if it will be at Molineux.