According to reports in Turkey, midfielder Jack Wilshere is closing in on a move to Super Lig giants Fenerbahce. The England international will leave Arsenal at the expiration of his contract this month and as such is on the lookout for his next career move, with Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle one side reportedly keen on luring him to St James’ Park.
And these recent reports suggest that the Magpies have one last chance to convince the 26-year-old of a move to the North East.
Ultimately, injuries have decimated the vast majority of Wilshere’s career, with the 26-year-old only mustering 198 senior appearances for Arsenal during his ten-year stint in the first team.
But with 38 appearances for the Gunners last term, the most he has managed in a single campaign at the Emirates Stadium since the 2010/11 season, the Englishman may well have put his injury concerns behind him, and thus might be ready to command regular football once again.
And that is why Newcastle must act fast to try and bring the £18 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) to St James’ Park, as not only would he be a great addition to the squad, but he’d also be an upgrade on attacking midfielder Ayoze Perez.
Yes, the Spaniard deserves great credit for his efforts last term in finishing as the club’s top scorer in all competitions, but many of our resident Newcastle fans feel that he still doesn’t offer enough in terms of creativity and flair in the final third of the pitch.
And with the Magpies likely seeking to move to the next level this term, Benitez will surely be on the lookout for a next-level number ten to come in and run the show just behind the front man, creating chances for both he and indeed the other offensive players – Wilshere could be that man.
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Clearly, when fully fit and firing, the 26-year-old is one of the most influential midfielders in the Premier League given his incredible awareness and vision, alongside his ability to dissect opposition defences with his excellent eye for a pass – the likes of Joselu and Dwight Gayle would get ample opportunities if Wilshere was just behind them.
But with Fenerbahce reportedly closing in on the England international, the time to act is now for Newcastle, who seemingly have one last chance to convince Wilshere of a move to the North East.
Newcastle fans… what do you think? Let us know!