After enduring an injury-plagued spell in East London, former Arsenal starlet Jack Wilshere appears likely to move on this summer, with West Ham United manager David Moyes hinting at a possible departure for the Englishman.
As reported on Sky Sports, Moyes was asked whether the midfielder will be at the club past the end of the transfer window, to which the Hammers boss replied: “We’ll have to wait and see”. Such a vague response is only likely to further place doubt over the player’s future, particularly having had such a torrid time with the club.
Jack Wilshere Facing Uncertain Future at West Ham United
Continuation of a Sharp Decline for Wilshere
The 28-year-old’s potential exit from the London Stadium is just the latest marker of his steep decline, having made such an impact early on in his senior career.
Having risen through the youth ranks at Arsenal, Wilshere made his debut for the club at just 16-years-old back in 2008 and quickly made his mark as the most exciting young prospect in English football. That excitement was only further enhanced after a mesmeric display against Barcelona in the Champions League in 2011, with the then 19-year-old pulling the strings in midfield against a much more experienced Barca lineup.
Despite featuring heavily for the Gunners over the next few years, the England internationals career would become marred by injuries, with his obvious talent somewhat overshadowed by his extended spell on the physio bench. Such limited game time saw his time at the Emirates come to an end, with him moving on to the Hammers on a free transfer in the summer of 2018.
Since then, however, Wilshere’s career has taken an unfortunate nosedive. The creative central midfielder has made just 16 Premier League appearances thus far in his West Ham career as injuries once again have stolen the show. With the likes of Mark Noble, Declan Rice and even young Josh Cullen ahead of Wilshere in the midfield pecking order, an exit from the club seems all too likely.
Another Failed Transfer Dealing for the Hammers
With Wilshere potentially on his way, the club will have to face up to the issue of another high profile and expensive transfer that has ultimately ended in failure.
The club have made major outlays in recent seasons on the likes of Sebastian Haller and Felipe Anderson and, while both of shown glimpses of their quality, there has certainly not been the level of impact that was hoped for among the Hammers faithful. The seemingly scattergun transfer approach at the club has also seen the acquisition of some questionable names, with players such as Albian Ajeti and Jordan Hugill recruited over the last few seasons before being shipped off for both a loss and without being given a real chance.
Likewise, the Hammers have also appeared to make some major errors in who they’ve allowed to leave the club, with highly-rated duo Jeremy Ngakia and Grady Diangana both having departed this summer. The latter deal, in particular, has sparked fury among West Ham supporters, while even club captain Mark Noble questioned the sale of such a talented youth product. With Moyes and co suffering a 2-0 opening day defeat to Newcastle United, the situation at the club only appears to be getting worse.