West Ham travel to Carrow Road to take on Norwich City in the Premier League today. And David Moyes must consider starting Jack Wilshere against the Canaries.

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The Hammers are still deeply embroiled in a relegation battle. Nothing less than a win will do against Norwich today.

If they do secure all three points in East Anglia, their chances of avoiding the drop will be very good.

And in order to do just that, Moyes must think about starting Wilshere.

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Here’s why…

The 28-year-old has been somewhat of a flop since moving to the London Stadium on a free transfer in the summer of 2018. But his talent is undeniable. And a fully fit Jack Wilshere is still a sight to behold.

Meanwhile, Pablo Fornals has been out of form for West Ham’s last few games. The Spaniard was looking good after Christmas up until March when Premier League action was halted due to the global health crisis.

The 24-year-old has looked badly off the pace recently, however. He has lacked any kind of creativity and guile.

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And considering how sharp Wilshere looked when he came on against Chelsea 10 days ago, the former Arsenal man might just have more to offer than the Spaniard.


Bringing in Wilshere would also enable Moyes to stick with Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek as his central midfield pairing.

The Scot could then put Fornals out on the left, if he wishes to persist with the former Villarreal man, and use Jarrod Bowen in his natural right-wing role.

If Moyes wants to give the Spaniard a rest, he could play Michail Antonio on the left, with Sebastien Haller through the middle.

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Antonio has seemed very tired recently, however, so Arthur Masuaku in the left win role may not be the worst idea.

All of these personnel and positional switches would enable Wilshere to seamlessly slot into the number 10 role.

And in a game that could very well be tight, West Ham might just need the 28-year-old’s vision and composure in possession in the final third.

It would be a bold call from Moyes, but one that could make a big difference for the Hammers this afternoon.

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