West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the new era at the London Stadium following the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as the new Hammers manager last month.
The Chilean takes over from David Moyes at the East London club following the Scot’s departure at the expiration of his contract, this all despite leading the Hammers to a 13th place finish in last season’s Premier League. However, the club’s hierarchy decided against extending his stay in East London and have instead drafted in ex-Manchester City boss Pellegrini, who of course led the Citizens to the Premier League title during his time at the Etihad Stadium.
Thus, there are many excited and expectant West Ham fans in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent reports suggesting that their club only want to offer midfielder Jack Wilshere a one-year deal.
And while this obviously doesn’t give the £18 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) much long-term stability, the midfielder should seek to pursue his career at the London Stadium, what with a new era beckoning for the East London outfit under new boss Pellegrini.
Ultimately, the 26-year-old has seen his career decimated by injuries over the years, to the point that he only played 198 times for Arsenal during his ten-year spell in the first team at the Emirates Stadium.
And while the England international, who failed to make Gareth Southgate’s squad for this summer’s World Cup, appeared more times last term (38) than in any of his previous five seasons at Arsenal, there will always be lingering concerns surrounding his fitness after so many years of injury troubles.
Thus, it’s not overly surprising that the Hammers are reluctant to offer him a long-term deal, but even a one-year contract gives Wilshere the chance to prove his fitness once again, as the East London club will surely seek to retain his services in 12 months’ time if he does produce the goods.
Clearly, there is no doubting Wilshere’s quality as a midfield player, with it arguable that when fully fit and firing, he is one of the best in the division, and his efforts for the Gunners last season suggest that his best form may not be too far away.
Yes, he may want the security of a longer term deal, but it’s likely that many clubs aren’t going to risk offering him that given his past injury concerns, whereas at least if he is fit and playing well at West Ham, he will almost certainly be commanding regular football given the lack of depth and genuine quality in the midfield ranks, at the same time helping the club move forward under Pellegrini.
Thus, while it may be somewhat frustrating for Wilshere given the lack of security involved in a one-year contract, West Ham will likely want to keep him if he can prove his fitness this season – doing so would see both he and indeed the club reap the rewards.
As such, the former Arsenal man must seek to accept the club’s one-year offer this summer.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!