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Is potential Wilshere West Ham move worthwhile?

Filed: Friday, 15th December 2017
By: Staff Writer #3

David Moyes recently stated the possibility of signing Jack Wilshere from Arsenal in January, but what could the England midfielder bring to the Hammers - if indeed he is allowed to join?

Wilshere has endured a torrid last few years since bursting onto the scene as a teenager, as injuries and off-field issues have severely stalled his promising career so far. But it's difficult to forget that he's still only 25 (he'll be 26 on New Year's Day).

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To put that into perspective, at the same age Jamie Vardy had only just left Fleetwood Town for Leicester City, and Didier Drogba has just departed Guingamp for Marseille. Or, in the case of former Hammers Les Ferdinand and Stuart Pearce, they only really came to prominence around the current age of Wilshere.

Yet, despite his obvious talents, Wilshere finds himself just six months away from being out of contract at the club he's been at and support since a boy - although photo evidence in the past has shown him to be a Hammers fan too once upon a time!

Unlike fellow soon to be out of contract Arsenal stars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, however, it seems that Wilshere's future is not in his hands. Having been fit for most of the current season, Wilshere has still been unable to really break into the first team but has shown glimpses of his past class.

Most of his playing time, though, has come in cup competitions - the Europa League and EFL Cup - having started all but one of his side's matches in those events. Two assists and a goal in Europe has been an impressive return for Wilshere, who's mostly played in an attacking midfield position, but he is yet to start in five Premier League appearances this season prior to the West Ham fixture in mid-December.

So, ahead of the Irons' London clash with the Gunners, new boss Moyes seemed to have found the right moment to state his interest in Wilshere, who has been linked with a most to east London in the summer and before too.

The Scotsman said that Wilshere would be a player his club would look at if he's available. And as to whether it would be a loan or permanent move, Moyes added that his preference is to go for players who will be there in the long-term.

It certainly seems as if Moyes has a plan for Wilshere if he is available to move too, as the former Manchester United, Everton and Real Sociedad manager went on to say that he has an idea of where his squad needs strengthening - suggesting there is currently imbalance.

And asked whether the January transfer window could be the difference between relegation and staying up, he said: "I do believe it could." At the time of writing, West Ham are still in the relegation zone, and in football in the Premier League betting are 9/4 to go down. There is no question at all that a fit Wilshere could help West Ham improve their confidence and performances, after being a big part of the Bournemouth side that finished ninth in the top flight last season.

Moyes and the Hammers gained a big win recently against title champions Chelsea to take them off from the bottom of the table, and the addition of the 34-capped England star could be a win-win for all parties. Wilshere will, of course, have ambitions of his own this season, as time is running out for him to claim a place on the plane to Russia, as England boss Gareth Southgate will need to make a decision on his World Cup squad this summer.

There were calls for him to be featured in the most recent international friendlies against Brazil and Germany, but nothing came of it in the end with Southgate suggesting that it's impossible to play for England if you're not playing for your club.

But should the Hammers make a swoop for formerly one of England's most promising players? Why not if they can get him on the cheap and he stays fit.

Please note that the opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, nor should be attributed to, KUMB.com.

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