Ben Wilmot

Ben Wilmot out to cause selection headache

16th August
First team

Ben Wilmot hopes he has done enough to ensure Steve Cooper has a difficult decision to make when the Swansea City boss picks his team to face Preston.

Wilmot, 19, has joined the Swans on a season-long loan from Watford last month but has had to bide his time for a chance to impress.

Mike van der Hoorn and Joe Rodon have been head coach Cooper’s preferred centre-back pairing in the Championship so far.

Wilmot and Ben Cabango got their chance to stake a claim in the midweek Carabao Cup win over Northampton and both turned in assured performances.

Wilmot brought the ball out with purpose on a number of occasions and was pleased to get his first minutes in a Swansea shirt under his belt.

He will hope for more against the Lilywhites, and that Cooper has a selection headache to ponder.

Ben Wilmot

“I’ve wanted to play every game since I’ve been here, but I knew I’d have to wait. I just wanted to take my opportunity. I did the best I could and, hopefully, did enough to please the manager for Saturday,” he said.

“The midweek game was important for me to let the manager and the rest of the staff see what I can do.

“When I get my chance in the league, I must make sure I put in a good performance and try to keep my place and do the best I can to help the team out.

“It was important for me to train hard in the lead-up to the Northampton game so that I was ready; I feel like I did that.

“The gaffer gave me a chance and I tried to do everything I could to impress him for Saturday. Hopefully, I’ve left him with a difficult decision.”