Transfer Talk

Would you sign Wilshire on loan?

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Written by Katie Shergold @flump9

There have been rumours circulating for a little while now about the possibility of signing Jack Wilshire on loan, however last night Ex confirmed that there was some interest and that Wilshire himself wants to come to West Ham.  After hearing that he wants to join us, it made me question whether him joining us on loan this season would be a worthwhile deal for us.

My first reaction was absolutely not, he is one of the most injury prone players in the Premier League and with our history (Dyer, Carroll and Sakho to name a few), it just does not make any sense to bring yet another one to the club.  I did a comparison of Jack Wilshire, Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho’s injury record and it really is depressing reading, especially as Andy Carroll probably just comes out on top.  What a worrying thought!

Jack Wilshire – Whole Career Missed 996 Days Missed 152 Games
Andy Carroll – Whole Career Missed 959 Days Missed 124 Games
   
Jack Wilshire – Since 12/13 Missed 697 Days Missed 94 Games
Andy Carroll – Since 12/13 Missed 876 Days Missed 109 Games
   
Jack Wilshire – Since Jan 15 Missed 479 Days Missed 73 Games
Andy Carroll – Since Jan 15 Missed 468 Days Missed 57 Games
Diafra Sakho – Since Jan 15 Missed 507 Days Missed 69 Games

Having said all of this and I still stand by it, I have to admit that there is a little part of me that would love to have him at the club.  Yes, even typing this I think I am crazy myself, so I’m sure lots of you will be thinking the same.  However, there is no doubting his talent, he is a pleasure to watch play and someone I have always quietly liked.  On the odd occasion Wilshire is fit, he is unplayable.  He is a passionate player that has a history of supporting West Ham, that for me is half of what makes someone a popular figure at the club, but I do know that this isn’t enough for us to take a gamble on him.

There is no way we can afford to take him on a big-money deal, we would be foolish to even consider it.  There is a massive danger that he is going to miss half of the season and once again, we are left paying for players who are just working on their fitness most of the season, to only get a handful of games from them.  If we were to take a chance on Jack, for me it would have to be a ‘pay as you play’ deal not the 20m that has been spoken of by Arsenal, for me he is worth in the region of 7-10m and no more.  I personally can’t see anyone being prepared to pay that sort of money and with Jack’s contract only having 12 months left, I do wonder what is in store for him.  For this reason, I think this is why Jack wants to be given a chance at his boyhood club, try and ‘stay’ fit and possibly be a big name player for West Ham.

Is there a part of you like me, that would like to see Jack play for West Ham or are you totally against the idea?  Give me your thoughts.

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  • 20th July 2017 at 9:31 pm

    I wouldn’t be totally against it, I am of the same opinion as you. It’s a gamble, we don’t need another sick note!

  • NakiHammer
    21st July 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Sign him up if we can get a loan deal and 25-30k wages. If he has a good season and plays most games then sign him to a proper contract next season for simply a signing fee.

  • Mark Robinson
    21st July 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Wouldn’t it be great to see him commanding midfield and spraying the ball about to create chances?
    Sadly, as you have said, it is a matter of record that he cannot stay fit. We therefore should not take the risk.
    If he had stayed fit throughout his brief career to date, he would be at Barca or Real and well beyond our budget.
    Ah, well.

  • G Force
    21st July 2017 at 7:20 pm

    It is unlikely to happen in my view, I would prefer Hammers to give more game time to Josh Cullen who is one of our own and deserves a chance.