Jack Wilshere has enjoyed his good times as a player, but it is safe to say that he has spent more time out injured than he has playing on the pitch.
No player wants to be sidelined with injury, but Wilshere’s ongoing problems with his ankle have had a rather detrimental effect on his time at West Ham.
Since signing for the East London outfit in the summer, the 26-year-old has only featured for the Hammers a total of five times – meaning he has missed at least two thirds of the season so far.
Ever since he was sidelined, Manuel Pellegrini has forged a number of new-look midfields, with the trio of Declan Rice, Mark Noble and Pedro Obiang having an immediate effect on the team’s results.
Wilshere’s partnership with Noble at the start of the season was slammed, and rightly so – after all, the Irons did lose all the games with him in the team at the beginning.
Now, the Daily Mail has reported that Wilshere will continue getting back to fitness next week as he is set to return to light training on Monday.
Yes, admittedly it is great to see Wilshere starting to make a recovery, but you cannot help but wonder what role Pellegrini actually has in store for him – as the team have certainly progressed in his absence.
In fact, it will no doubt make some fans question whether the 5ft 8in [Transfermarkt] player actually has a future at the London Stadium.
Pellegrini needs to ruthlessly bin him in the summer when his contract with the club expires, as he is just a waste of West Ham’s time.
It may be harsh to judge a player who has hardly featured for their club, but that is exactly the point – having a career plighted by injury is not beneficial to anyone.
Wilshere’s career will be over by the summer, as his first team future looks dead and buried.