The reporter shared that he considered the 27-year-old to be a world class player who just hadn’t been able to get a consistent run of games.
McAdam claimed that based on Wilshere’s social media activity over the summer then it was clear to see that he had been working hard and that he was in a good place ahead of 2019/20 season.
“I remember watching him as a 16-year-old playing for the Arsenal reserves and looking at a player who was going to be world class and has gone on to be world class,” said McAdam on Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk (Sky Sports News, 9:42am, Friday, July 19th).
“The only problem for Jack is he just hasn’t had a consistent run, but you look through his social media over the course of the summer, he’s working hard, he’s with his family, and he absolutely lives and dies by football.
“That is the most important thing in his life alongside his family, and you’ve really seen over the last couple of months that he looks in good shape, looks in a good place, looks happy and I think West Ham will see the very best of Jack Wilshere this season.
Wilshere is talented but world class? While the midfielder has shown brief glimpses of his talent, referring to him as world class just seems wrong. While McAdam makes it clear that he believes Wilshere hasn’t had a consistent run of games, at the end of the day that means he hasn’t proved himself worthy of that label. You have to earn the right to be ranked as world class and while it seems harsh, Wilshere hasn’t due to his injury record. The 27-year-old has had 15 separate injury issues over the course of his career so far, as per Transfermarkt, and spent 193 days of his debut season at the Hammers stuck on the sidelines due to an ankle-related problem. As a result, Wilshere only managed eight outings for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, racking up just the one assist. However, it seems McAdam’s still has faith in the Hammers midfielder’s ability and if he is right to tip a successful season ahead for the player, then he will soon weave his way into the hearts of West Ham supporters.