As reported by Football.London, Manuel Pellegrini told those gathered at his post-match press conference that Jack Wilshere could be fit to play versus Burnley this weekend. Since making the move from Arsenal to East London, Wilshere has struggled with the type of injury issues that have plagued his career to date.
Wilshere, who has 34 England caps to his name has been unable to string together a run of games in a West Ham shirt and, given his undeniable talent, it’s a real shame. The 27-year-old has managed 6 Premier League appearances so far this season but Pellegrini remains hopeful the midfielder can put his injury troubles behind him.
TIF – What does he bring to the side?
When fully-fit, Wilshere has the ability to dictate play and orchestrate the midfield. At just 19-years-old the Englishman dominated a star-studded Barcelona team at the Emirates Stadium and came out on top versus the likes of Xavi and Iniesta – arguably, two of world football’s greats.
The aforementioned performance put Wilshere on the map. His career has stuttered since then but that’s been down to injury more than anything else. His touch and vision remain intact but, at present, his body is letting him down. Wilshere has worked extremely hard through numerous rehabilitation programs and as a result, requires a very different type of management.
Finding the balance between utilising his talents to the benefit of the team whilst understanding his physical limitations have proven a difficult task for Pellegrini and Arsene Wenger before him but given his talent, he’s worth gambling on.
Despite being three years off of thirty, Wilshere boasts much experience. He’s made 40 appearances in Europe with 27 of those coming in the Champions League and has played 180 times in the Premier League. Despite not being available on the field as much as he or the supporters would like, he’s a great asset to the squad.