According to a recent report from The Sun, West Ham’s Jack Wilshere could be set for even longer on the sidelines with injury. The England international made the move to the London Stadium during the summer following the expiration of his contract at fellow Premier League outfit Arsenal, only for the 26-year-old to appear a handful of times for the Hammers prior to injury.
And reports suggest that the Englishman could face even longer out of Manuel Pellegrini’s side due to an ongoing ankle injury, which is making the manager’s bold decision to give him a contract during the close season look more and more like a huge blunder.
Ultimately, the East London club were praised by many during the summer for the business they conducted, what with the likes of Felipe Anderson and Issa Diop making big-money moves to the London Stadium as they sought to move forward under new boss Pellegrini.
And those two in particular have more than proven their worth so far this season with several impressive performances, helping the Hammers to ninth place in the Premier League table to suggest that the club were right to splash the cash in a bid to bridge the gap to the division’s top teams.
And while they have also reaped the rewards from other summer moves involving likes of Lukasz Fabianski and Fabian Balbuena, the deal to bring Wilshere to the London Stadium was always fraught with danger such was his infamous injury record, even if they got a deal done for a free.
But it is becoming increasingly clearer by the day as to why Arsenal weren’t willing to tie the 26-year-old down to a new deal, as although optimism was building after making four Premier League starts to begin his West Ham career, things have since followed a familiar pattern with injury ruling him out of all but one of their subsequent 13 games.
What’s more, the Hammers appear to have improved and stumbled across something that works in the middle of the park during Wilshere’s absence – they lost each of their opening four games in which Wilshere started, conceding ten goals, yet have since lost only three of their succeeding 13 league matches.
Yes, there is little doubting that Wilshere has huge quality in the midfield area and would benefit many a side in the Premier League, but he simply isn’t benefiting West Ham while out of the team through injury – it may have been a free transfer, but the Hammers have still invested in the 26-year-old, so far getting very little back.
And that is why, despite a summer of great work from the club’s hierarchy, the bold call to give Wilshere a contract, despite obvious injury concerns, is looking more and more like a huge blunder from Hammers chief Pellegrini.
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