West Ham secured their first point of the season at the Amex on Saturday but fans weren’t impressed by the display from Jack Wilshere.
Javier Hernandez gave the Hammers the lead in the 61st minute of the game after Leandro Trossard had a goal ruled out through VAR. The lead only lasted four minutes, though, as Trossard wasn’t to be denied his goal in an impressive home debut.
By contrast, Wilshere had a game he’ll want to forget. He gave the ball away repeatedly and failed to make any sort of impact on the game, which is hugely disappointing given his experience. He was hauled off at half-time and replaced with Michel Antonio.
His stats were miserable. According to WyScout he made 26 total actions in the time he was on the pitch and was only successful with 11 of them. He only made nine passes, with zero long passes, crosses or passes to the box.
West Ham fans have a right to expect a lot more from a player with Wilshere’s reputation and who is on £100,000-a-week [Spotrac].
Here are the best reactions from fans to his display on Saturday:
Phew #whufc get away with that one.
1pt gained from a banana-skin fixture.
Negatives: Diop poor, Fabianski not vocal enough, Masuaku too hot headed, Wilshere bullied.
Positives: Antonio lively, Chicharito clinical (despite lack of chances) Lanzini's flair, Yarmolenko back!
— Adam Leatherbarrow (@Adam_MC1R) August 17, 2019
Awful half. I do not understand how Snodgrass, Hernandez, Wilshere and Fornals can offer NOTHING in an entire half of football. Saved by VAR and we’re on track for another loss to Brighton ffs
— Andy Cook (@AndyCook42) August 17, 2019
Antonio must start. Fornals and Wilshere terrible. Defence decent. Overall we were turgid and looked completely clueless at times, but a point away to Brighton ain't a bad result.
— Gianthammer (@NYG_WHU) August 17, 2019
Wilshere was terrible today and didn’t looked bothered at all after the game. Asked him why he’d been taken off and he just smiled and walked away.
— Dan (@WestHamLad) August 17, 2019
Antonio best player today. Fornals and Wilshere out of it, Ogbonna terrible.
— David Arnold (@D_Arny) August 17, 2019
Wilshere has also done nothing.
— Then Like My Dreams (@tlmdwhu) August 17, 2019
Most suitable mids would be Sanchez and Rice.
Wilshere's fitness looks away off to play in that system and Noble will get overrun in that.
— R. JONES ☆ (@RockyWhu) August 18, 2019
I forgot Wilshere was playing & couldn’t work out who had gone off at half time that’s how poor he was. He had such a good pre-season though. Hopefully Noble is back for Watford.
— Katie (@flump9) August 18, 2019
Wilshere is a completely frustrating footballer – looked superb all pre-season and was often one of the best players on the pitch. First two games of the season he has looked invisible at best to the point of him being subbed at half time against a team like Brighton. Frustrating
— Josh Verrills (@WestHamJoshV) August 18, 2019
Wanna see them both start together. Give Wilshere a month off he is winding me up already
— Simon②⚒ (@BrexitIniesta16) August 18, 2019