West Ham certainly aren’t in the mess they’ve previously found themselves in, but that doesn’t mean they’ve reached the heights fans were hoping for this season after a promising transfer window and the introduction of Premier League winner Manuel Pellegrini.
West Ham United have some serious talent in their team and a very capable man orchestrating it. But there’s no real way Pellegrini could legislate for the number of injuries they’ve suffered to some of their best players.
Fabian Balbuena, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, Manuel Lanzini, Carlos Sanchez and Winston Reid have all spent lengthy periods on the sideline due to serious injuries, alongside other starters who have been missing at any given point due to more minor reasons.
Yet the club have still managed some remarkable results against the top teams, including wins against Manchester United and Arsenal, as well as a well fought draw against Liverpool.
So, with the understanding that most players are trying their best in mind, who stands out as the least effective and biggest waste of time…
It feels almost a little harsh giving permanently injured and beaten Jack Wilshere this title, but he deserves it given the minimal impact he’s had on the team so far this season.
A whopping 339 minutes is all that Wilshere has managed since making his move from Arsenal at the summer, and despite amassing a single assist, his wasted time off the pitch far outweighs any contribution he’ll make this season (if he managed to make an appearance, of course).
Interestingly Manuel Pellegrini claimed signing Jack Wilshere saved the club from a huge £100m investment:
“He was a high risk,” Pellegrini revealed. “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” (via the Independent).
We’re struggling to see how this works relative to what they’re paying Wilshere and the amount of time he’s spent off the field.
Sadly, a waste of time and money for West Ham.