Former West Ham United midfielder Matt Taylor has backed Jack Wilshere to have a ‘huge impact’ at the club, despite a poor first campaign with the Hammers in 2018-19.
The England international playmaker joined the Irons from London rivals Arsenal last summer and was tipped to be a creative talisman for the club.
However, Wilshere’s injury woes meant that the West Ham midfielder only made eight Premier League appearances, starting just four, for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Despite the 27-year-old struggling to make an impression, Taylor has stated Wilshere can still be a key man for the Hammers next term.
“Jack can still have a huge impact,” Taylor told 888sport.
“He’s an all-out combative midfielder. He likes to put his foot in and he likes to tackle and sometimes that can be to the detriment of himself because he gets himself injured.
“Jack is an extremely talented footballer and if West Ham can get him out on the pitch he will give a huge amount to them being successful next season.
“When he was younger there were certain times when he took his eye off the ball but he’s very professional now, a family man, and he’s at a club where they value him. I think, should he stay fit, he has a huge part to play next season.”
West Ham will be looking to bolster Pellegrini’s squad this summer and one position that the club could use reinforcements is in attack.
The Hammers are overly reliant on Marko Arnautivic for goals and the fans have longed for a prolific number nine over recent years.
Taylor has backed West Ham to make a move for Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic, who is likely to leave Craven Cottage after his side were relegated from the Premier League in 2018-19.
Mitrovic scored 11 goals for the Cottagers in the top flight last season and as such Taylor feels the Hammers should make a move for him.
“I think Mitrovic has done extremely well,” the former West Ham man continued.
“Is he someone who West Ham could be in the market for? I think so.
“He’s a striker who has proven his worth for a team that has struggled this season. Location wise he is already based in London.
“Can they get him? I don’t know but the clubs will have done their work now for the past six months determining who is available and who fits into the parameters of their wage structure.
“If you’re looking for someone to step into the void that Andy Carroll has left, Mitrovic seems like a really good fit for me.”
West Ham finished tenth in the Premier League in 2018-19 and the fans will hope expenditure next season can push the team into European qualification contention.
For the full interview with Matt Taylor, visit 888sport here.