West Ham United midfielder Jack Wilshere made a welcome return for the club’s u-23 side on Sunday afternoon as they beat the Leicester City u-23’s 1-0 at the London Stadium thanks to a penalty-kick by Dan Kemp.
Frustratingly, Wilshere’s first season at the Hammers have been plagued with injury for the majority of the campaign but his return to full training in the past two weeks could be a major boost for the first-team, who has struggled in recent matches.
The former Arsenal man started the club’s first four matches of the season before undergoing surgery on his left ankle in September. He then made a swift return in December with a five minute stint from the bench in West Ham’s 3-0 win over Newcastle United at St James’s Park but that was unfortunately the last time he featured in the claret and blue colours.
The east London club has had an up and down season so far and have been struggling in the midfield in their recent matches.
A return to Manuel Pellegrini’s squad for Wilshere could be just what West Ham need at this stage of the season to give their fans some reason to be optimistic about for next season.
The Hammers failed to control the game in the midfield against Everton last weekend and were completely dominated in the centre of the pitch, without managing to create any worthy goal scoring opportunities.
The introduction of Wilshere as an attacking midfielder could help the team in that aspect and give them good front-foot-ball to benefit the strikers in the team. Manuel Lanzini certainly isn’t up to speed yet and, with some good performances between now and the end of the season, the England man can salvage something from his first campaign in claret and blue.
How nice would that be, Hammers? A fully fit Wilshere is a great signing, a half-fit one is a complete blunder.
If Wilshere is fit enough to feature in some these matches, then Pellegrini could be a bit more confident heading into the encounters with the hopes of his team maybe securing a famous result, or at least put in a spirited performance.
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