The Sun Are Categorically Claiming That Jack Wilshere Has Chosen Palace

0 Posted by - August 31, 2016 - News

Jack Wilshere is apparently all set to become Alan Pardew’s sixth signing of the transfer window according to a report from Sun columnist and Palace fan Neil Ashton yesterday evening. 

This story from Ashton lays out the details of the move for the Arsenal man. We appear to have acted very quickly. 

Whilst Wilshere has an undoubtedly huge amount of potential, it would be wrong of me to suggest that I see the deal as the “no brainer” that many others have within the last 24 hours. Of course, when fully fit and firing, the England international represents a genuine step up in class for our midfield, but given the turbulent nature of his last year or two at Arsenal, I can’t help but have serious doubts about his ability to mould into a style of play which differs from what he has become so accustomed to in North London. 

Fitness issues and off-field mini-scandals have clouded the progression of a footballer who was trumpeted by countless figures within the game as the saviour of English football when first breaking into the scene in 2008. Having had his playing style compared favourably to the likes of Liam Brady, Glenn Hoddle, Paul Gascoigne and countless other technically gifted midfielders since first forcing his way into football’s collective conciousness, Jack is certainly viewed as a player for whom the sky is the limit, it’s just a shame that, at 24 years of age, he is yet to hit the heights mapped out for him. 

Indeed, you need only look towards a career in which he’s made just 157 appearances for Arsenal to see that the treatment table has played a worryingly large role in his formative years as a footballer. Rarely left out of the side by choice, Wilshere’s on-off presence in the Gunners’ starting XI has become something of a running joke for neutrals across the country. Bearing this in mind, a stint at Selhurst Park may prove to be exactly what he needs, but without the use of a crystal ball, it’s impossible to know if the move will be a success for any of the three parties involved at this stage.  

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3 Comments

  • Sharpy August 31, 2016 - 6:54 am Reply

    A perfect sum up of a player I hope we don’t sign for no other reason other than I cant see him being fit !

  • Richard C August 31, 2016 - 7:41 am Reply

    I have a slightly different take on why not to sign him. His ability is undoubted however if we spend a season adapting to a loan player at the expense of our permanent players this sends a poor signal to the likes of Ledley, Puncheon, Lee and to an extent McArthur as Wilshere playing will undoubtedly be at their expense. The same could be said about Remy however I see Remy Wickham and Benteke being rotated and Wickham improving as a result. The fight for our midfield is much tighter however, so who would you drop? My feeling is that Punch and Lee would become winger replacements only, Sako, Mutch and Ledley would become squad players only and then what happens in a years time when you have pissed all these players off and Wilshere has gone? Just a thought🤔

  • Ben August 31, 2016 - 7:54 am Reply

    Richard, valid points but wouldn’t all players of whatever standard know that it is part and parcel of their vocation. If they are good enough, they play, if there is a better option, they don’t. At the end of the day it is all about the club and where they finish for the season. If it means a loan player helps them finish to a higher position then so be it. Personally I’m uncomfortable with loan players as I feel that their heart is not in the club as much as it would be in a permanent player. Punch is a great example of a player who leaves his heart on the pitch most weeks. Would you get the same response from a loan player, probably not but then if the loan player is better………..? But I really think that professional players these days know that this is a situation that they hav to live with, like it or not.

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