Irons midfielder fit but frustrated

Deeply frustrating of course but it’s hard not to feel some sympathy for Jack Wilshere who after four games at the start of the season has been injured ever since apart from a brief appearance as sub.

The common wisdom is that Manuel Pellegrini’s determination to take him on a three year contract was both wildly optimistic and foolhardy.

It was perhaps the manager’s only mistake of a season which for all its frustrations has been heading in the right direction.

Recent thoughts have been that Wilshere can look forward to pre-season and the 2019/20 campaign but the midfielder has given a more optimistic view of how things stand with him.

And it seems that he believes he has a chance of making a comeback as he spoke about the situation ahead of the Everton game.

But there’s a downside to even that as he makes it clear that April is not really the best time to be making a return to action after so long out.

He is quoted on www.101greatgoals.com as saying: “I am back in full training – it has been a long time, frustrating but it was something I had to do.

“I am trying to get fit [but] it is not a great time to come back because you maybe play a couple of games and then the season finishes.”

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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

3 comments on “Irons midfielder fit but frustrated

  1. Interesting article Hugh – and I always feel some sympathy for injured players – including Andy Carroll – they are footballers and I dont believe any of them are happy to be injured and picking up their wages

    However I disagree with the statement that Wiltshire is Pelle’s “one mistake” – he has made some good buys but apart from Wiltshire he was also responsible for buying Lucas Perez and Carlos Sanchez – who even before his injury (for which I feel some sympathy – see above) had not convinced the fans with his performances

  2. Jack Wilshere, like Andy Carroll, gets chastised for an injury record that;s not his fault. Most of us knew when Jack signed, that he was not going to play a full season. If he plays 20-odd games in all competitions next season, it will be good enough for me. Andy is unlikely to play for West Ham again, with his latest injury and a contract up in the summer. Prior to this season, I’ve appreciated the six ‘half seasons’ that he was available to us. I wish him well and hope he gets his free transfer to the States,

  3. Wilshere was a free transfer nots lets forget that, it remains to be seen whether he was a mistake on 3 years contract, certainly if it had been a one year contract it would have been. His distribution is second to none, he can make passes no other player in our team is capable of, hopefully along with Yarmolenko he is fit next season. midfield then is brimming with options, its the forward positions we need to strengthen and left/right back in defence including a cdm as cover for Rice if Sanchez doesn’t return. Antonio can play either wing so we should keep him rather than move him on but the biggest investment should be reserved for an enormous alarm bell to be rung immediately prior to taking the field so our players wake up before crossing the white line.

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