Wils Here, No He Isn't

When West Ham United signed Jack Wilshere there were those who thought it was a wonderful bit of business, although eyebrows were raised at the terms of his contract, three years on £100,000 per week for a player with a hideous injury record? The management team, especially the medical people, have almost run out of reasons as to why Jack Wilshere will not be playing each week.

There's more chance of finding Dianne Abbot when she goes missing than there is of seeing Jack Wilshere kick a ball in anger, no one doubts his desire to play, he even pays for his own fitness 'guru' in order to enhance his recovery from injuries! Herein though lies the issue, injuries are plural rather than singular, and in Jack's case they just keep coming. It must be soul destroying having to spend so much time in recovery, but that does leave him time to plan his future using the £5 Milllion per year that the club gives him.

Apparently David Sullivan was aghast at the prospect of giving such an injury prone player a three year contract, but that was the player's agent's pre-condition for Wilshere's signature, it was a move heavily sanctioned by Pellegrini. Perhaps because the Hammers manager hadn't endured year after year of the 'Andy Carroll' syndrome he was oblivious to the danger, but for whatever reason he got his way, and the club are paying dearly for it now, it's not just about the money, Wilshere also occupies a registered squad place that might have been used to much more effect by a fit player.

Unfortunately Jack Wilshere will never 'suddenly' regain his fitness, because he has rarely had any prolonged injury free spells in his entire career, and there is nothing to suggest that things will change any time soon. At one point there were rumours that Manuel Pellegrini was thinking about building the team around Jack following the long term injury to Manu Lanzini.

Ironically Lanzini has recovered, got injured again, twice, and will still be back ahead of Jack Wilshere. If any club does show an interest in signing Wilshere during the transfer window, Hammers should bite their arms off before they come to their senses.

Finally, there are a disturbing amount of fans wishing for a defeat against Southampton this evening, in the fairly deluded view that Manuel Pellegrini will get the 'tin tack' as a result of the loss. This would be a highly improbable course of action for a Hammers hierarchy known for their penny pinching, just look at the training facilities at Rush Green and Chadwell Heath compared to other 'less wealthy' team's facilities! - Ed



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