West Ham United fans will have largely been pleased with the work that Manuel Pellegrini has managed to achieve in his first season at the London Stadium. Obviously, there have been a number of results that have not been good enough, although the campaign has been an improvement on what they have had to endure over the past number of years.
One thing that has not helped the Hammers be in a better position within the Premier League is the number of injuries they have had to deal with, with Jack Wilshere having been effectively on the sidelines for the majority of the campaign.
Talk has started within certain parts of the media that Jonjo Shelvey could be targeted by the club int eh summer, however, would the Newcastle United midfielder be the better option than a fully-fit Wilshere?
Let’s take a closer look at the duo below…
Wilshere joined West Ham on a free transfer in the summer after seeing out the remainder of his Arsenal contract, however, it appears that his injury nightmares from his time in north London have followed him east.
The Hammers will have known the risks that the England international midfielder would bring to the side, however, when fully-fit, Wilshere also has the ability to be a key individual in the middle of the park and pull the strings.
Under Pellegrini, the 27-year-old has managed to play just five Premier League games so far although it appears he could be on the verge of making a return to the field for the final stage of the campaign.
A midfield maestro, he can provide the club with some additional creativity in the middle of the field, providing the attackers at the London Stadium outfit with more opportunities to find the back of the net, something that has been missed at times because of his absence.
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Recent reports have suggested that West Ham are interested in signing Shelvey from Newcastle this summer, which could work out to be an excellent deal for the London outfit.
The 27-year-old is a box-to-box midfielder that can offer the Hammers plenty in terms of going forward, as well as in the defensive third – which would make him an excellent partner for Declan Rice in the middle of the park, or even a long-term replacement for Mark Noble.
Shelvey has a physical presence that the Irons currently lack in midfield, whilst his work-rate and desire to make runs will come as second-to-none. His ability to pass the ball also makes him stand out, as he possesses a really varied range and can spray it into the forward areas.
Tenacious in the middle of the field with strong tackles, the 27-year-old could be a vital player just in front of the defensive line and one that could excel in a team led by Pellegrini, as he will be giving the freedom to play to his own strengths a little more than he has done previously under Rafa Benitez.
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Wilshere and Shelvey, who are boyhood fans of West Ham, have had their struggles with injuries over their careers, which has really harmed their chances of potentially going further and achieving some brilliant accomplishments.
However, in regards to this battle, you would have to believe that Shelvey would be able to offer just that bit more than Wilshere to the West Ham side if he were to be brought to the London Stadium in the summer.
The Newcastle man appears to be a more all-around player and has the ability to produce a moment of magic at times, although there would be no denying that the current Hammer can as well – although his days can be far and few between.
West Ham fans, do you think Shelvey would be a better option to Wilshere in the midfield? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.