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He may have been free but West Ham United should have ploughed wasted Jack Wilshere money into signing new Fulham star Jean Michael Seri in the summer.

Wilshere has been ruled out for at least six weeks after having ankle surgery (West Ham official site).

But the injury did not come as a surprise.

After all anyone who knows anything about football could see Wilshere’s injury coming.

Clearly the midfielder deserves everyone’s sympathy.

Players whose bodies have been proven to be fragile over a significant period of time deserve our compassion.

Even if West Ham fans have had their fill of injury-prone players of the decades, come in Andy Carroll.

West Ham have another three years of this thanks to the somewhat crazy deal handed out to the former Arsenal man.

It is easy to say ‘I told you so’ – especially with the benefit of hindsight – without offering a viable alternative.

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Everything West Ham needed and more

But that is where the frustration comes in regarding Wilshere.

West Ham had an alternative and a very good one at that.

When Jean Michael Seri signed for Fulham for a record £35 million it came as something of a shock.

After all the 26-year-old was on the verge of joining Barcelona last summer (Sky Sports) following an outstanding season in Ligue 1 in 2016-17, but the deal collapsed right before the deadline.

The likes of Chelsea and West Ham were said to be seriously interested in the summer with the Hammers at one stage his most likely destination (Sky Sports).

 

Interest in Seri was seen as evidence West Ham really had implemented a root and branch reform of their recruitment.

But then he signed for Fulham. And good old West Ham went down the tried and trusted route of signing an injury-prone player deemed surplus to requirements elsewhere.

What could go wrong?

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Will the Hammers ever learn their lesson?

Well five games into the new season it is already clear which club’s budget was better spent.

Seri has starred for Fulham in the middle of the park and scored the goal of the month to boot.

Wilshere was poor in each of the four opening Premier League defeats West Ham endured.

And he has promptly suffered an injury in training ruling him our for around two months.

Quite what Manuel Pellegrini, director of football Mario Husillos or David Sullivan – depending on who you believe signs the players at West Ham – were thinking we will never know.

Seri is everything West Ham needed and still need.

And the galling thing is the Hammers would have quite some team on the boil if they had just focused their budget in the right direction.

As I say this is not Wilshere’s fault.

It is the fault of the fools who sign such players and pin large portions of their budgets and expectations on them?

Will West Ham ever learn their lesson?

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