In­gram tipped for top

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PHE­NOM­E­NAL: Wy­combe Wan­der­ers's goal­keeper Matt In­gram MATT In­gram has been linked with moves to the Pre­mier League in the past – and one Wy­combe Wan­der­ers star can­not wait to see him earn a shot at the big time,

De­fender Aaron Pierre has formed part of the League Two’s meanest back-fives play­ing in front of the tal­ented goal­keeper and player of the month run­ner-up for Jan­uary.

Manager Gareth Ainsworth ad­mits there were wor­ry­ing mo­ments dur­ing the win­ter trans­fer win­dow as he won­dered whether the top-flight clubs would come call­ing.

How­ever, he re­mained a Wan­derer come dead­line day ear­lier this month and the 21-year-old will con­tinue his ed­u­ca­tion be­tween the sticks at Adams Park.

Pierre, dur­ing his time at Brent­ford as a young­ster, saw Simon Moore sold to the Pre­mier League when Cardiff City raided Grif­fin Park for the shot-stop­per in 2013 at the age of 23.

Moore, though, found him­self in the con­sid­er­able shadow of club cap­tain and num­ber one David Mar­shall af­ter he ar­rived in the Welsh cap­i­tal and went on loan to Bris­tol City last term.

He is yet to make an ap­pear­ance in the top-flight and only made his league de­but for the Blue­birds in Jan­uary as he kept a clean sheet in the Cham­pi­onship win over Ful­ham.

The way In­gram is play­ing for the Blues this sea­son, solid cen­tre-half Pierre reck­ons he could well play at the top level be­fore his ex-Bees col­league.

Pierre said: “He’s a mas­sive part of what we do. If you change a lot of play­ers in a team then you lose the flow.

“When it is a fixed team and ev­ery­one knows how to play with each other then you be­come more solid.

“I can’t wait to see him in the Prem in a few years. He’s the best young keeper I’ve worked with and that’s down to him. You’ll see him in the morn­ings do­ing his gym pro­gramme.

“He’s a nice lad, very hum­ble and takes things step by step. That’s the sign of a true pro­fes­sional.

“Simon Moore is an­other great tal­ent, but Matty is much younger. Both are good.

“Matty is pow­er­ful and he even knocked me out against More­cambe! He’s good on the ground and in the air. He’s phe­nom­e­nal.”

In­gram was pipped to the League Two monthly gong by Tran­mere’s Rory Donnelly on Fri­day last week.

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