With a raft of new changes at West Ham, Jack Wilshere has to have a starring season.
The former Arsenal starlet was one of Manuel Pellegrini’s nine new signings over the summer. It’s essential that Wilshere now plays a big part in West Ham’s season to get his career on track.
Despite being a consistent figure in the Arsenal squad, the 26-year-old struggled with a plethora of injuries. This led to a rotation system for the midfielder that has blighted his career and progress.
These injuries also led to him missing out on England’s World Cup squad. He then subsequently vented his frustrations on social media, showing clear frustration at how things have panned out.
Yet, his West Ham move has given him a massive chance of a reprieve. A career that threatened to peter out has now been given the chance to prosper once more.
It wasn’t the best of starts in the 4-0 defeat against Liverpool. Many West Ham supporters don’t feel the partnership of Wilshere and Mark Noble is one that could work. A lack of pace and energy led to them being over-run in the engine room.
This doesn’t mean Wilshere is an ineffective signing however. Far from it. Instead, it simply means that Pellegrini has yet to find the best place for him in the side.
With the manager yet to find his best starting XI, the midfielder has to start impressing to get his name on the team-sheet.
Failure to do so would see Pellegrini look for a quick replacement due to his fast-tempo style. The challenge of displacing senior figure Noble from the team could be a challenging one. However, Wilshere has the quality to be the commanding figure West Ham need.
An injury-free campaign combined with consistently solid performances will surely have Gareth Southgate eyeing him up once more.
However, failure to impress and another year of injuries could see Wilshere quickly dispersed of.