West Ham United midfielder Jack Wilshere has insisted that Samir Nasri is a good signing for his club.
The former France international joined the Hammers on a six-month deal with the possibility to extend this month as a free-agent.
He spent the past 18 months inactive after having had to serve a doping ban.
The 31-year-old Nasri is an exciting signing for West Ham. During his heyday with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City, he was regarded as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.
In addition to this, he has previously worked with West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini while the duo were affiliated to City.
Nasri, who is a two-time top-flight winner with City, also has plenty of experience at the highest level.
Though he will not be the same player that he was a few years ago, he could add quality to the West Ham squad which could become very useful especially if they lose key-man Marko Arnautovic this month.
The Austrian international is being linked with a move to the Chinese Super League.
Many were questioning of Pellegrini’s decision to lure in Nasri as the midfielder has not played for a long period as well as his tendency to get involved in controversy.
Despite being hailed as a world-class midfielder, Nasri retired from international football aged just 27 in 2014 amidst reports of disciplinary issues.
Wilshere, who previously was team-mates with the Frenchman at Arsenal, believes that the player will be able to add quality to the side.
“I remember people were doubting him the season before and he had a point to prove so I think he’s in a similar position where he’s been out of the game for a while and he’s come back to the Premier League.
“He wants to prove to everyone that he can still do it.”
Nasri made his West Ham debut in Saturday’s excellent 1-0 win over London rivals Arsenal – impressing in the victory before being replaced by Robert Snodgrass after 70 minutes.