Tottenham Hotspur are set to make Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot their first signing of the January transfer window, according to reports. According to the Mirror, the 18-year-old centre-back is heading to Premier League this month in a deal worth £850,000 with Spurs “confident” of winning the race for his signature.
Liverpool, Leicester City, Brighton and Southampton also fancy Wilmot, who was given his big break by the League Two club this season. With Spurs set to complete their first signing, it appears that the Stevenage ace is on his way to North London.
Wilmot made his professional debut for Stevenage in October when he played against MK Dons in the EFL Cup. The teenager has since made a total of four appearances for the League Two side in all competitions.
A promising young talent, Wilmot made his league debut for the Boro on Saturday. He played the full 90 minutes against Morecambe after 10 games of being an unused substitute in the league this season. It’s perfectly acceptable that Spurs are making a few signings of this kind in the January window, during a time when it looked highly unlikely after our gaffer Mauricio Pochettino admitted we were ‘not close’ to any deals.
Apparently, Wilmot is highly rated as a defensive prospect, can also play at right-back and can even be used in the midfield. We are a team known for building from our academy, providing chances to young players to showcase their talent on the bigger platforms. Also, £850k is practically decent for a player brimming with confidence.
Pochettino is renowned for showing faith in young guns and has built our team accordingly. When our gaffer is interested in Wilmot, there is no doubt about the player’s qualities as Pochettino thinks that the 18-year-old would flourish well in North London.
It’s never a bad idea to take a gamble on talented and promising players by investing very little. This small investment could pay rich dividends down the road. Wilmot won’t straightaway walk into Spurs’ starting XI, so it is quite clear that the player is for the future. It remains to be seen whether Poch slides the defender immediately into the U23s or loans him back to Stevenage.
Wilmot is probably two or three years away from making it to the Spurs first-team though, but it will be interesting to see how he performs.