West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has heaped praise on midfielder Jack Wilshere ahead of the final day clash with Watford, whufc.com reports.

Wilshere has had a frustrating debut campaign at West Ham. Since moving from Arsenal in the summer, he has only managed seven appearances.

After starting the first four games of the season, the 27-year-old suffered an injury. He made a comeback for one match (against Newcastle United) before another long-term ankle injury.

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But Wilshere has come off the bench against Leicester City and Southampton and could be set for a cameo role against Watford.

Not only are West Ham competing for a top-half finish, they are also planning for next season. If he stays fit, Wilshere will have a major impact next term, according to Pellegrini.


Manuel Pellegrini on Jack Wilshere

Pellegrini told West Ham’s official website: “If the injuries respect him, of course Jack can be a big player for us. He has a lot of quality and is now working very well.

“We hope, in the same way that when we bought him, that he can play [a full] season and of course that will change our team. I know this because I see him working every day.”

The England central midfielder will be hoping to demonstrate his ability today. He is a left-footed playmaker and there is no questioning his ability when fit, although his persistent injuries will worry West Ham fans.

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