Ben Wilmot

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Ben Wilmot
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Lewis Wilmot[1]
Date of birth (1999-11-04) 4 November 1999 (age 18)
Place of birth Stevenage, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Watford
Number 24
Youth career
2014–2017 Stevenage
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017–2018 Stevenage 10 (0)
2018– Watford 1 (0)
National team
2018 England U19 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 October 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 March 2018 (UTC)

Benjamin Lewis Wilmot (born 4 November 1999) is an English footballer who plays for Premier League club Watford.

Wilmot began his career at Stevenage in the club's academy before breaking through into the first-team during the 2017–18 season. He subsequently signed for Watford in May 2018. Wilmot has also represented England at U19 level.

Club career[edit]

Stevenage[edit]

Wilmot joined Stevenage as an academy scholar,[2] and progressed through the youth ranks at his hometown club.[2] As a first-year scholar, he signed his first professional contract with the club in April 2017, having impressed throughout Stevenage's FA Youth Cup run during the 2016–17 season.[2][3]

He made his first-team debut on 3 October 2017, playing the whole match in the centre of defence as Stevenage drew 0–0 away at Milton Keynes Dons in the EFL Trophy.[4] He established himself as a first-team regular throughout January 2018, helping the club keep three clean sheets in six matches.[5] Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace stated the club had rejected three bids from Premier League clubs for Wilmot during the 2018 January transfer window,[6] which included a £500,000 bid from Watford, whilst Tottenham Hotspur offered "slightly less".[7] Wilmot was not included in any of Stevenage's matches from the start of April 2018 until the remainder of the season with a transfer "close" to being agreed.[8][9] He made 15 appearances during the campaign.[5]

Watford[edit]

Wilmot signed for Premier League side Watford on 24 May 2018, for an undisclosed fee and on a five-year deal.[10] Stevenage stated that the fee was a record transfer fee received by the club and that it could rise significantly based on Wilmot's future appearances.[11] Wilmot made his first-team debut for Watford in the club's EFL Cup tie away at Reading on 29 August 2018, starting and playing the whole match in a 2–0 win.[12]

International career[edit]

Wilmot was called up to represent England U19s in March 2018 for their three 2018 UEFA European U19 Championship qualification matches in Skopje.[13] Wilmot was the only player outside of the top two divisions to be named in the squad.[7] He made his England U19 debut in a 3–0 win over Latvia U19s on 24 March 2018, coming on as an 84th-minute substitute in the match.[14] In doing so, he became the first Stevenage player to represent England at youth level.[13]

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of former Stevenage goalkeeper Richard Wilmot, who made over 150 appearances for the Hertfordshire club.[15][16]

Honours[edit]

Individual

Career Statistics[edit]

As of match played 20 October 2018
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stevenage 2017–18[5] League Two 10 0 3 0 0 0 2[a] 0 15 0
Watford 2018–19[18] Premier League 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
Career total 11 0 3 0 2 0 2 0 18 0
  1. ^ Appearances in the EFL Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Benjamin Lewis Wilmot – UEFA". UEFA. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Ben Wilmot signs professional terms". Stevenage F.C. 2 April 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Stevenage duo put pen to paper on new deals". The Comet. 2 April 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Report: MK Dons 0–0 Stevenage (5–4 pens)". Stevenage F.C. 3 October 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Games played by Ben Wilmot in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Phil Wallace's inside story on the January Transfer Window". Stevenage F.C. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  7. ^ a b "The rise and rise of Ben Wilmot: The England teenager bucking the trend". Independent. 21 March 2018. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Wilmot withdrawn from squad as club in talks over transfer". Stevenage F.C. 6 April 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Ben Wilmot: Stevenage chairman says defender close to leaving club". BBC Sport. 6 April 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Official: Watford Sign Wilmot". Watford F.C. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Ben Wilmot signs with Watford for club record fee". Stevenage F.C. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Reading 0–2 Watford". BBC Sport. 29 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Ben Wilmot named in England U19 squad". Stevenage F.C. 15 March 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  14. ^ "England U19 3–0 Latvia U19". Soccerway. 24 March 2018. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Boroguide – Ben Wilmot". Boroguide. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Boroguide – Richard Wilmot". Boroguide. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  17. ^ "EFL Awards: Ben Wilmot wins League Two Apprentice of the Year". Stevenage F.C. 15 April 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Games played by Ben Wilmot in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 May 2018.

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