Youth football expert backs 'commanding' Sean Sankanu for Wimbledon success

We’re delighted to welcome the founder of Kinetic Academy Harry Hudson as our exclusive columnist. Each week the youth football expert will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on wonderkids across the UK…

The Kinetic Academy has continued its great work in youth football into the 2022-23 season and there are still graduates emerging.

The 63rd player to go from the foundation to a contract in professional football was announced on 4 October as AFC Wimbledon signed central defender Sean Sankanu on a scholarship deal.

The Dons, currently playing in League Two have been looking at Sankanu for a while with the youngster on trial at Plough Lane before the deal was signed.

Kinetic Academy founder Harry Hudson has been very impressed by the teenager’s ability and attitude to improve during his time in the foundation and has backed him to succeed at his new club.

“Sean is a very commanding and physically dominant centre-half who is excellent on the ball,” Hudson said exclusively to The Football Wonderkids. “We’ve worked really hard on his defensive positioning.

“He is naturally quite a shy kid so we’ve tried to bring out his personality a bit and we’re delighted that he’s gone and earned himself a scholarship.

“It’s a great club, Wimbledon and they do really foster their youth so we’re really hopeful that Sean will kick on and we know that if he manages that, chances will come.

Good luck to Sean and we wish him all the best.”

Sankanu has a long way to prove his worth to the Wimbledon coaches with the League Two side next in action away at Walsall on Saturday (8 October).

In other Kinetic Academy news, Hudson thinks Billy Gilmour will be perplexed at the moment after what happened after his move to Brighton.