Wolves sign Leon Chiwome from AFC Wimbledon
AFC Wimbledon teenager Leon Chiwome has moved to Premier League side Wolves for an undisclosed fee, the League Two side have announced.
The 16-year-old had only been with the club’s academy for a year after signing as an under-15 from Alfold FC.
The forward moves to the midlands club the day after Archie Stevens, also 16, had moved to Rangers in the Scottish Premiership.
The pair of transfers are a source of pride for The Dons academy manager Michael Hamilton, who said: “For Leon to join a Premier League club, following the departures of other players and staff to higher levels, is a measure of the quality and potential we’ve developed here.
“Leon has applied himself correctly since day one, and he has huge potential. If he continues to apply himself, there’s every chance of him fulfilling his ambitions in the future.
“We wish Leon every success and we will be monitoring his progress closely.
Clearly they are doing something right in the academy in South-West London if their youngsters are being snapped up at such a rate currently.
They could probably do with a few making it through the first-team at the moment after the senior side were relegated from League One in the 2021/22 season.
It will no doubt be some time before Chiwome is ready to do that at Molineux however considering the size of the leap from one club to another.
But they have obviously identified him as a prospect to have paid the fee to take him during this window.
If he develops at a good pace then it can’t be ruled out that he might get some consideration before too long, as this is the same club that splashed out a club-record £35million on Fabio Silva less than two months after his 18th birthday two years ago.
That move hasn’t had quite the return that would have been hoped for however, with just four goals for the club so far.
In other Wolves news, the club have quoted Chelsea and Manchester City £45million for Rayan Ait-Nouri.