Former Hammer Joe Cole has told the Coaches’ Voice that Manuel Pellegrini should play new signing Jack Wilshere deeper in midfield and compared him to Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti.
Cole has urged Pellegrini to play the 26 year old in deep midfield rather than the number 10 role – and reckons he shows similarities to Verratti.
“I look at him and think he is a similar player to myself, in terms of style,” Cole said. “I’d like to have coached him, I still think he has levels to go up if you keep him fit.
“As a manager, I would have managed him differently to how he has been managed; he’d have played more games. I’d play him in a position deeper than the number 10 role, as a number 10, that’s when he gets into a bit of trouble.
“I’d play him more in midfield when he can pick and choose his moments to go, and be more explosive; he’s more effective there. People might have looked at him as an Eden Hazard, I’m looking at him like a Marco Verratti.”
— The Coaches’ Voice (@CoachesVoice) July 31, 2018