Jack Wilshere is doing all he can to ensure his second season at West Ham is more successful than his first. According to The Daily Mail, Wilshere is paying for a specialist physiotherapist to fly over from Ireland for sessions.
Declan Lynch, who worked with Wilshere at Arsenal, is currently based in Limerick, Ireland. He has his own clinic in Ireland after spells with the Gunners and the Bath rugby team.
But Wilshere is paying for Lynch to fly to England for twice-weekly private physio sessions to ensure he stays fit. This is Wilshere’s idea and he is paying for it out of his own pocket, rather than West Ham shouldering the cost.
Jack Wilshere’s first season struggles
West Ham signed Wilshere on a free transfer after he left Arsenal last summer. He signed a three-year deal and was a marquee signing, although there were serious concerns over whether he would stay fit.
The 34-cap England international played the first four games of the season but then spent most of the campaign out injured. Wilshere’s injury problems have been well-documented in the past and it was another frustrating season as he managed just eight Premier League appearances.
Wilshere is now looking to put his injury problems behind him. After spending large chunks of his career out injured, he wants to stay fit and get a good run in the side. This is where Lynch comes in.
West Ham could be a different team with Jack Wilshere fit
Wilshere had a full pre-season and was the standout performer for Manuel Pellegrini’s side. His talent is clear to see; it is just his injury record that is holding him back.
With a fully-fit Wilshere in the line-up, West Ham could look like a different team. The 27-year-old is a left-footed midfield playmaker who could dictate play for the Hammers.
Alongside Manuel Lanzini and Pablo Fornals, West Ham have three exciting midfielders who can operate in the playmaker role. If Wilshere stays fit all season, it would give Pellegrini a nice selection headache.