West Ham manager David Moyes is hoping that he can get midfielder Jack Wilshere back to his best next season as he plans to look for British talent in the summer transfer window, according to The Daily Star.
Moyes wants to boost homegrown talent at the Hammers, whilst also looking out for British talent elsewhere, similar to January summer signing Jarrod Bowen.
Part of this plan involves Jack Wilshere, and looking back at his performances for Arsenal in the 2017/18 season, you can see that even though he played in a similar deep position to Declan Rice and Mark Noble, he still managed 2.3 dribbles per game, per WhoScored, which is over one more than his fellow centre midfielders. This highlights how he can bring the ball forward from a deep position and help the team transition from defence to attack.
On average they have around 45.5% possession each game, per WhoScored, but the former Arsenal player might be the key to giving them more control in matches with his dribbles per game. Also, he is fouled 1.9 times which is 0.9 more than Noble and 1.8 times more than Rice. This would help West Ham gain more possession as it gives the side time to set up again and creates more attacks with the free kicks he wins.
Wilshere is an England international, per Transfermarkt, making 34 appearances for the nation, but has not been called up by Gareth Southgate since 2018. He is still 28, so if Moyes can get him performing to the same level that got him recalled to the England squad it would be a great boost, but his injury history has been a real thorn in his side, with groin and ankle problems causing him to miss 54 games at the Hammers since July 2018.
These injuries show Moyes will have a big task on his hand to try and get him performing to his best, but it is worth spending the time and taking the risk to help boost the Irons’ chances of a better finish in the league next season.
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