Jack Wilshere could reportedly sign for West Ham in January but would he be a good signing?
According to a recent report in The Daily Star, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is interested in joining West Ham United in the January transfer window. Wilshere is in his final year at Arsenal, and it does not look that the England international will be offered a new contract by the Gunners anytime soon. The 25-year-old supported West Ham as a boy, and the Hammers themselves wanted to sign him in the summer transfer window but were put off by the North London outfit’s £20 million valuation of him.
Wilshere is a very talented footballer who knows the Premier League inside out, but the problem with the 25-year-old is that he has had injury concerns. Even during his loan spell at Bournemouth last season, the Englishman had problems with his fitness. There is no doubt that when fit and on song, Wilshere is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, but there is always a nagging feeling that he will get injured every time he makes a tackle or an opposition player makes a challenge on him.
West Ham have made a disappointing start to the season, and there are doubts on whether they can finish in the top 10 of the Premier League in 2017-18. According to the latest tips by Oddschecker, the Hammers will lose to Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium in the league this weekend, and if that happens, then the pressure is going to increase on manager Slaven Bilic and on the players. Defensively the Hammers have looked vulnerable, while the midfield department needs work too. True, Manuel Lanzini is injured at the moment, but Mark Noble isn’t – and the Englishman has not been great so far.
Wilshere is an attack-minded central midfielder, and he would be a good signing for the Hammers. Not only is he younger than Noble, but based purely on talent and quality, he is better too. If the West Ham medical staff are able to keep Wilshere fit, then the England international would be a great addition to the team for the second half of the season and beyond.
After struggling to make an impact at the Emirates Stadium, Wilshere has a point to prove, and given that he is only 25, his best years are ahead of him. With his contract running out at the end of the season, the Hammers would also be able to sign him for a very low fee in the January transfer window.by