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Here’s an Iron who should do a deal to help club

Jack Wilshere needs to do the decent thing by West Ham and come to a pay off agreement.

At a time when players seem reluctant to help out the clubs with pay cuts the Wilshere scenario sticks out like a sore thumb and it really isn’t one which can be healed by a 10, 20 or 30 per cent Elastoplast!

Since his arrival from Arsenal the midfielder has made a total of 14 Premier League appearances – not starts – and at a cost of around £650k per match. Craziness.

We will find out soon whether the players are prepared to take any sort of cut after their collective decision to donate to the National Health Service.

But whether they do or don’t, Wilshere owes us in a big way although the club insists they always honour contracts.

However, in these circumstances there is a strong case for discussions to take place with the former England man aimed at him maybe taking a cut on the last ear of his £4.8 million a year contract.

A three year deal was always madness for such an injury prone player and in the current circumstances it would be interesting to see whether he would come to an agreement.

We aren’t holding out breath!

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

10 comments on “Here’s an Iron who should do a deal to help club

  1. I think all player’s should agree to not being paid at all,they are not doing what they are paid to do so why expect full wages for doing nothing

  2. Totally agree he made lots of noise about coming home and loving West Ham – well he can prove that by sorting out this contract end not least because of his not being fit to fulfill his obligations for such a length of time. Well Jack?

  3. I don’t agree with you here and I don’t agree with the targeting of one individual. Many of us were happy enough when he signed; he’d had a reasonable stint at Bournemouth and there is no doubt when fit he is a class act.

    I can’t imagine any player is happy just taking the money. The facts are his signing was a gamble that hasn’t paid off. It may never pay off, but that is the business risk that you take running a football club. I don’t see how you can say he owes the club; he doesn’t; the nature of the profession is they get injured,. some recover, some don’t, it’s just a cost of doing business.

  4. Agree. But some players are known to suck West Ham dry. And have done that without blinking. May Moyes never make the mistakes of Pelligrini, or even himself with the Hugill money waste. Although the club may be rich, there is no need to waste money on players who give 0 returns.

  5. Each player, when playing, contributes something. Some. more than others. Those that contribute more, should, in theory, get paid more. Since, at the moment, all players are contributing equally to the team – no single player has more value than any others (in theory).

    Therefore, pay them all the same basic wage since all players, currently, are contributing equally to the team.

    (Obviously, I am missing the logic of “potential” contribution to the teams outcome…still…)

    I think, after this, a league “minumum” perhaps could be established in the event of another cancelling/delaying of the league….or….”this is what you get when you are injured”. Established at the league level so…no contract shenanigans.


  6. I’d like to see the players put on furlough with the government paying them £2,500 a month. Then that’ll free up hundreds of thousands of pounds per week for the club to donate etc on behalf of the club 😁

  7. Unfair to single him or any player out like this. He doesn’t need to do anything and how do you know what he is or isn’t already doing?

  8. So the tax payer would lose out again in that scenario. The savings were to save the clubs from going under That is the whole point of trying to make the savings in the first place.

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