The Daily Mirror states Jack Wilshere has passed a medical with West Ham ahead of a proposed move, which will cost the Hammers nothing following the expiration of Wilshere’s contract with Arsenal, but a deal still presents a huge risk for the East London side.
Wilshere’s injury record in recent seasons has been a massive problem and, although he put those issues behind him last term by making 38 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners, the fact of the matter is he has never quite lived up to his potential.
Fans will argue that on his day he is capable of being a star for club and country but the reality is Wilshere has not had ‘his day’ for a number of years. With all his appearances for Arsenal last term, he never quite put in a performance of top quality – which led to Gareth Southgate overlooking the 26-year-old for his England squad.
Capped 34 times by the Three Lions, Wilshere faces a stern task ahead of him forcing his way back into Southgate’s plans and a transfer across the Premier League does present him with the opportunity to get his career back-on-track.
Wilshere is no longer a fresh-faced talent capable of being a star but is now approaching the age where he should enjoy the prime years of his career.
While that may sound optimistic for West Ham, he needs to improve significantly if he is to become a star for the Hammers – and a transfer is a massive risk for Manuel Pellegrini’s side to make.