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Mark Lawrenson doesn’t think West Ham star Jack Wilshere is up to scratch

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Mark Lawrenson doesn’t think West Ham star Jack Wilshere is up to scratch

The BBC pundit made the comments in his weekly piece on the BBC Sport website.

BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson has said in his weekly prediction piece that West Ham United midfielder Jack Wilshere isn’t yet up to scratch.

The ex-Arsenal star missed the majority of last season with yet another problematic fitness issue.

He has returned for the first two games of the 2019/20 campaign but his form has struggled.

Last weekend at Brighton and Hove Albion he was hooked by boss Manuel Pellegrini at half-time following a miserable first 45.

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Lawrenson doesn’t feel that he’s quite up to the required level to be in the team just yet.

He told BBC Sport: “The Hammers will be fine but it will take some time.

“Jack Wilshere has spent so long on the sidelines through injury and he doesn’t look up to it just yet.

 

“Hopefully he can get back to his best but it will be interesting to see whether he starts again.”

Hammers boss Pellegrini could be boosted with the return of Mark Noble this weekend and he could be the man tasked with partnering Declan Rice in midfield instead.

TBR Verdict – Taking Wilshere out of the firing line would be wise

The man paid £100,000-a-week at the London Stadium has spent so long out injured that it isn’t a surprise to him show signs of ring rust.

You don’t win 34 England caps if you can’t play football, however.

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Wilshere just needs to rediscover his form and Pellegrini would be wise to let the midfielder prove his worth from the bench for a couple of games.

For the first season in several years, the Hammers boss does have a decent squad of players to choose from.

The last thing anyone needs is Wilshere breaking down again and it is perhaps time for Pellegrini to ring the changes this weekend.

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