The 27-year-old endured a predictably injury plagued first season at the London Stadium after arriving in the summer of 2018, but Groves is anticipating a much-improved version of the England international next time out.
“I think you’ll see a different Jack Wilshere next season playing for West Ham on the pitch,” he said on talkSPORT [12/06; 10:40]. “I saw him play his last two games, he had a couple of 20 minutes, and he just looked a little bit freer and a little bit sharper when he came on for the last 20 minutes, I think against Southampton and Watford.”
The talkSPORT boys were discussing Wilshere in the wake of revelations in a documentary for Athlete’s Stance that, amidst his injury hell in recent years, he has been dealing with health issues in regards to his young son. It is now understood that his boy is healthy, which is why Groves believes you’ll see a better Wilshere moving forward at West Ham. The former Gunners star needs to get 100% fit first, obviously, which will be his mission over the course of pre season. He’ll want to enter next season fully fit and raring to go after experiencing a lost campaign this time round. Obviously it will have been immensely difficult for him to juggle his own injury problems while caring for a young son who is experiencing serious health troubles. Obviously your own professional problems pale in comparison to the health of your child, so it’s no surprise that Wilshere’s career stalled somewhat. However, his son is healthy again now, so hopefully the midfielder can kick on and get back to his best for the Hammers next term.