West Ham took a gamble on injury-prone Jack Wilshere and it backfired but, with the midfield maestro due back in contention, there is still a chance for him to come good and repay their faith.
It has not been easy for manager Manuel Pellegrini this term having seen major injuries to just about single one of his players ruining a highly anticipated return to Premier League football.
Indeed, the Hammers had the talent to do great things this season; their record signing Felipe Anderson, Issa Diop, Balbuena, Declan Rice, Marko Arnautovic, and Ukrainian star Andriy Yarmolenko to name a few.
But it was not to be. Having see their new and exciting players drop periodically to an extensive range of minor and major injuries, week after week, they are now left with the squad that ambled towards low table mediocracy last season under former manager David Moyes.
The surviving – yes, ‘surviving’ – players have done an alright job in the absentees’ stead, but realistically this term has been a huge disappointment for fans. Especially considering how promising things looked on paper at the beginning.
Some good news however: Jack Wilshere could be back training in the next few days (as per Daily Mirror).
“We are going to give him the time to recover 100 per cent,” Pellegrini said. “Maybe next week he will start doing some work on the pitch, but we must be calm with him, he needs to recover 100 per cent,” Pellegrini is quoted saying.
On his day Wilshere really is a quality player.
We do not doubt that the Englishman’s return will surely help West Ham who have been seriously lacking on the creative front in their midfield.
Declan Rice has been quality, yes, but he does not make the greatest playmaker, nor does engine Mark Noble. Admittedly Samir Nasri has added a little zip to the team; however, the former Arsenal and Manchester City man will struggle to carry the whole team – especially after a such a long period out of the game.
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