West Ham secured their fourth summer signing in the form of Jack Wilshere yesterday but not everyone is convinced by the deal.
The England international arrived on a free transfer from Arsenal after an injury-plagued last few years at the Emirates Stadium, though he put those problems behind him last term by making 38 appearances across all competitions.
However, former West Ham man Dean Ashton, who endured his own lengthy injury issues, is not convinced that Wilshere has fully overcome those problems and has questioned the suitability of the signing.
Quality player when fit Gav!✅
Plays with real passion too!✅
Creative in final 3rd!✅
But we need athleticism & pace in midfield!
Need his quality on the pitch regularly and to average less than 13 lg games a season won’t cut it!
Hope he shoves my words up my arse though! https://t.co/LzT17OAUNY
— Dean Ashton (@Dean36ashton10) July 9, 2018
Posting on Twitter, Ashton pointed out that Wilshere has averaged just 13 league games a season and added that he lacks both athleticism and pace in midfield.
However, Ashton also stated that Wilshere is a quality player when fit, plays with real passion and is creative in the final third – which could make him a favourite at the London Stadium in the coming years.