Jack Wilshere has completed his free transfer to boyhood club West Ham United from one side of London, to another.
This week, Wilshere completed his move to East London with the 26-year-old becoming the fourth addition under the helm of Manuel Pellegrini.
The argument that arises against Wilshere is his fitness concerns, however, in the 2017/18 season he played the second most amount of games in a season in his career, and as West Ham nor Pellegrini demand an intense, high-pressing style of play, his fitness levels can’t be discredited for this style.
Over the years, Wilshere has displayed himself as a creative, ball-carrying midfield that, on his day, looks as if he could take on the world. And it’s this intuition to attack, that the Hammers have been lacking.
All too often last season they would lack someone to bring the ball out or receive it from deep and drive forward. Mark Noble has been subdued to this role in the past and it’s not made for him. Noble would be much more adept partnering Wilshere acting as a box-to-box midfielder using his ball-winning capabilities to aid the turnover and get West Ham on the front foot.
They have been too reliant on Manuel Lanzini to single-handedly work his magic with the ball so Wilshere, amongst other high calibre signings such as Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson will also take the onus off of him when he returns from injury.
Wilshere is just one of a handful of bright additions to Pellegrini’s squad and with these players at his
disposal, he should get West Ham back on track and challenge for a European spot, and Wilshere can be the man that the Hammers have been longing over.