Ray Parlour has questioned the future of West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere. Once regarded as the future of English football, the former Arsenal man has had a career plagued by injuries. He was unable to achieve his full potential at his boyhood club Arsenal and eventually ended up joining West Ham last summer.
The 27-year-old has however had to miss the majority of this season through injury. He has thus far only played six times in the Premier League this season and recorded one assist in the process. Wilshere ended up making his return to competitive action during the Hammers recent 2-2 draw against Leicester City in a top-flight clash.
“Absolutely [let’s hope he stays fit],” Parlour told talkSPORT. “It’s been a really frustrating season for him again. Everyone thought, ‘well, he’s gone to West Ham and he can really establish himself in that midfield area’.
“People are saying if he plays well he can knock on the door again for the England squad, but it’s been an absolute disaster for him again. Him and Andy Carroll are the ones who are always in that treatment room.
“But he’ll be happy that he is back involved because it’s so frustrating when you’re out for long periods of time. The big worry now is what does his future hold? Can he play on a regular basis? Can his body handle the Premier League? The pace of it and it looks like he can’t at the moment.”
The Hammers took a big risk on Wilshere and the player will be aiming to at least end the season on a good note. Over the years, the East Londoners have signed a number of talented individuals who are injury prone. The injury issues of first-team players has been a big factor as to why the club has struggled to churn out consistent performances over the years.
Players within the first-team currently who have missed out on large portions of this season apart from Wilshere include Carlos Sanchez, Andriy Yarmolenko and Andriy Yarmolenko. Wilshere is definitely a quality player, however whether he will ever be able to rediscover his best form and win a place once again in the England side remains to be seen. It cannot be disputed that he is capable of being one of the most clinical English midfielders when he is on song.