There was some surprise yesterday when West Ham United star Jack Wilshere was trending on Twitter in the UK.
The global health crisis and Black Lives Matter movement is dominating the news agenda at the moment.
So it takes some doing to be the top trending topic on Twitter right now.
But West Ham midfielder Wilshere was just that on Monday.
West Ham fans feared worst after Wilshere shot to top of Twitter trends
West Ham fans scrambled to try and find out why their injury-plagued playmaker was making headlines.
David Moyes announced over the weekend that West Ham’s battle for survival had been boosted by Wilshere’s return to full fitness.
He would likely have missed the rest of the season had the health crisis not pressed pause on West Ham’s torrid campaign.
Wilshere has made just eight appearances since signing for West Ham in the summer of 2018.
Many Hammers supporters are excited at the prospect of a fully fit Wilshere proving his worth just at the right time to save his boyhood club from the prospect of relegation.
Relief and disappointment as reason revealed
When Wilshere was trending, the majority of West Ham fans were convinced it was because he had been injured yet again in training.
But the real reason behind Wilshere going viral on the social media network came as both a relief and disappointment.
Thankfully for West Ham Wilshere had not suffered a new injury.
Instead he was all the talk of Twitter after talkSPORT asked ‘Who is the most overrated English player ever?’
Who’s the most overrated English player ever? 🏴 🤔
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 8, 2020
And unfortunately for Wilshere and West Ham, it was his name that came up the most from football fans.
West Ham fans will hope Wilshere is inspired to prove people wrong over the last nine games of the season.
The player certainly seems determined to make up for lost time.
He has told whufc.com he is desperate to get back on the pitch and help West Ham after watching footage of himself playing for Arsenal and England during lockdown.
Boyhood Hammer Jack desperate to get back
“I’m just desperate to get back to playing football,” Wilshere told whufc.com.
“At first, lockdown was nice spending time with the kids and the wife, but then Sky Sports was killing me showing games from 2012 and 2014 and I was playing in those games!
“There’s not really one game that stuck out, but there was a few from 2012 and a couple from 2014. There are just certain games and you forget about things. I was just looking at the way I played then and the way I play now. There were a few games from a few seasons ago as well, it was interesting.
“I just want to get back out there playing. It’s been too long. At first, I just wanted to train, but now I am just desperate to get back into that game situation.”