West Ham were able to bounce back from their heavy defeat to Manchester City after they beat Newcastle United 3-0 over the weekend in a game that saw the return of Jack Wilshere.
The 26-year-old joined the Hammers from Arsenal on a free transfer back in the summer, but has missed most of the season so far through injury.
He was, however, able to feature against Newcastle and has since come in for some huge praise from manager Manuel Pellegrini.
“He was a high risk [signing],” Pellegrini was quoted saying by Sky Sports ahead of West Ham’s Premier League clash versus Cardiff City tonight. “We knew before he was not a player who would be available for every game, every week, but was a player of a quality that is not easy to bring to West Ham at a price we could afford.
“Maybe players of the quality of Wilshere at this moment can cost £100m, £90m, £70m. Good creative midfielders are very expensive.”
When he is fit and able to get a run of games in the team, £18m-rated (Transfermarkt) Wilshere is certainly a player who can bring much to the middle of the park. He carries the ball extremely well, passes accurately and is not afraid to go to ground.
However, to suggest the England international has the quality of a £100m player is absurd.
Wilshere does not find the back of the net or set up his team-mates often, while his overall influence in the middle is fairly limited compared to those who also do not score many goals like N’Golo Kante and Luka Modric but still manage to make their presence felt on the pitch.
The Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielders are the ones with low attacking numbers who are probably worth £100m, not Wilshere.
Pellegrini is not fooling West Ham supporters or anyone for that matter with his comments on the former Arsenal man.