CPFC’s Apparent Interest In Arsenal’s Wilshere Makes Little To No Sense

0 Posted by - September 14, 2017 - News

Roy Hodgson has been on Crystal Palace’s payroll little more than 24 hours and he’s already being linked with a move in the January transfer market in the shape of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.

Having failed to set the world alight whilst on loan with Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side last season, the England midfielder is now back at Arsenal and battling desperately to win back the trust of Arsene Wenger. In Hodgson, Wilshere has a huge fan, having been used by him regularly during the 70-year-old’s stint as Three Lions boss but for a number of reasons, I’m unsure if the move would make much sense for us.

The most obvious hurdle to Palace making a play for Jack’s services revolves around the current make-up of Palace’s squad, where central midfield is arguably our strongest position. In Loftus-Cheek, Cabaye, Milivojevic, McArthur and Puncheon, Roy already has a wide variety of options, with the potential introduction of Wilshere likely to create a log-jam in terms of matchday selections.

Alongside the heavily stacked midfield, we are in desperate need of reinforcements elsewhere, namely a goalkeeper, one if not two back-up strikers, a winger and another option on the right-hand side of defence. With that list pointing towards a hugely busy January for Roy, Wilshere feels like nothing more than an afterthought to me.

This could well be a case of a journalist putting two and two together before coming out with five, given the haste with which it’s appeared in the press. Quite how or why Hodgson would have got a message to the Arsenal man after just one morning on the training pitch is anyone’s guess but with column inches in need of filling, I can’t say I’m surprised to see the story doing the rounds.

Jack was once one of this country’s brightest footballing hopes but for now, I’m really hoping that those behind the scenes in SE25 are focusing their gaze on other aspects of the squad.

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9 Comments

  • tzcar September 14, 2017 - 8:22 am Reply

    mr hopkin,i understand where your coming from.but i think u have to look further.im far from sure young l-cheek,is going to do enough.mcarthur to me one-dimentional,and puncheon,is there a worse midfielder in the premiership?if and 4 months is a long tim e in football,wilshire play,s well,are u telling me any of our current midfielder,s,capable of matching his quality.it,s up to wilshire.

    • admin September 14, 2017 - 8:44 am Reply

      For me, I’d like to see the other areas of the squad strengthened first. If we manage to fill the many gaps, I suppose it could work.

  • adam September 14, 2017 - 9:44 am Reply

    I think midfield creativity has been missing for years. You are right to highlight the need for a RB, strikers and most definitely a keeper but we have been crying out a huge ammount of time someone that can get hold of the ball and make things happen. I thought it might be Cabaye, but apparently not. One thing is for certain, it most certainly is not Puncheon. He might be Palace but he is Past it.

    • admin September 14, 2017 - 9:45 am Reply

      I’d be all for bringing Wilshere in if it meant seeing Punch drop out of the starting XI but do we think that’s feasible, Adam? He seems to be teflon.

  • Your an idiot September 14, 2017 - 10:16 am Reply

    Rb to replace Mensa
    Cm to replace loftus and aging MacArthur or cabaye
    Gk obvious
    Support striker
    And actually do we need a winger as it seems when zaha towns not available sake always injured
    In short wouldn’t it benice to move into the summer only needing 1 or 2 max so a player better then punch and to replace loftus keeping in mind cabaye McCarthyism age in his last year with arsenal an absolute no brainier

    • admin September 14, 2017 - 10:18 am Reply

      I’d be ok with it if we addressed the above issues first.

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh September 14, 2017 - 10:42 am Reply

    We are going to be linked with every out-of-form/fitness England player with Roy in charge as they will all be looking to force their way into the WC squad. Whilst Wilshere can be a very good player IF (and it’s a big if) he can stay fit and on form, i would rather see a striker and GK come in before another area of CM which, as you rightly put, is well stocked for now.

    Smalling and Shaw are also players who fall into the Wilshere bracket (out of the team and fitness issues) but also an area of the field we are well stocked in (7CBs 3LBs). Most England international calibre players would improve our team but it doesn’t mean we need them.

    • admin September 14, 2017 - 11:00 am Reply

      If we don’t bring in a striker before long, I’ll be shocked. That extra squad space wasn’t freed up for no reason.

  • Matt September 14, 2017 - 12:18 pm Reply

    Not sure we do need a right back now do we, not for this season anyway. We needed a wing back if we were going to play 343, but expecting Hodgson to play with a back 4 with Dann & Sakho starting. Leaves Fosu-Mensah and Ward as right back options, with Tomkins/Kelly able to fill in if we got desperate

    We definitely need some sort of creativity, none of our current midfielders play in that space between the oppositions midfield and defence and that’s where we always look short. RLC looks better picking up the ball deeper and carrying it, Puncheon used to do ok there but plays much deeper now and Cabaye & McArthur can both do a job but neither look comfortable. We need someone who will drift into space and pick up the second balls to give us that link between Benteke and the midfield we always look like we’re missing. Wilshere probably could do that, question mark for me would be more around the fee/wages given his injury record

    My priorities for Jan would be new keeper, cover for Benteke (although Wickham surely can’t be far off now so less urgent) and cover for the wide positions. If we could get someone who can play any of the 3 attacking positions off Benteke that would be ideal

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