Journalist Sam Inkersole, writing for the outlet, claims that the Hammers board initially only wanted to hand the England international a one-year deal when he joined in 2018 due to his injury history.
There’s no arguing with Inkersole’s assessment of the situation, really. Wilshere came to the London Stadium with well-established injury issues, but for some reason Pellegrini felt it was a good idea to hand him a three-year deal on massive money. It didn’t make any sense at the time and it is even less logical now. However, that’s what the Chilean went for and were are now seeing the consequences of his decision. It’s rare that the West Ham board are praised for having the right idea about things, but you’ve got to say that their initial appraisal of the situation was spot on. Wilshere should have only been given a one-year prove-it deal. That would have allowed the Hammers to get out easily once he went down with a major injury that cost him most of last season. Pellegrini’s stubbornness, well-established now in his second season with the club, won him the day. The Englishman is a terrific talent, obviously, but he’s simply not reliable.