West Ham, Wilshere’s new home a hopeful win for both club and player
Jack Wilshere, 26-year old English footballer, has recently signed a three year contract deal with London based club, West Ham United. Wilshere, who was born in Stevenage and having been raised in Arsenal’s Youth ranks has committed future with fellow Londoners, the Hammers. West Ham have recently secured the services of former Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, a man who led the Cityzens to Premier League glory in the 2013/14 season.
Wilshere becomes one of Pellegrini’s major signings, as the new Chilean boss is looking to bolster his squad with his impressive credentials hopefully matching an exciting West Ham season to come. Currently, Borussia Dortmund’s Andriy Yarmolenko is set to arrive at West Ham grounds, which would continue to boost West Ham’s quality and depth, adding to a currently talented side.
Wilshere has been part of Arsenal FC for the past 17 years, since he was a young 9-year old. Wilshere was a young Hammer supporter as a child and has now joined his boyhood club on a free transfer. Wilshere scored 7 goals in 125 Arsenal appearances, spending 2010 at Bolton Wanderers on loan and being at Bournemouth on loan for the 2016/17 season.
Speaking about his move Wilshere had this to say: “I think it was a number of things, the manager being one and the way he wants to play and where he sees me playing. The fans, of course – everyone knows how big West Ham’s fanbase is – and especially in this new stadium. Not many clubs could fill it week in, week out, and West Ham do. I want to be playing here in front of the Hammers, and my bond I’ve had with the club over my childhood will make it even more special.”
Wilshere is extremely talented and will contribute much to West Ham’s attacking play. He will be of value, adding depth and strength to Pellegrini’s men. Wilshere has battled severely with injury over the course of the past few years, keeping the young and enthusiastic footballer out for long periods of time. Wilshere will only be hoping now that in good health and fitness, he will be able to contribute much value to an upcoming and vibrant Footballing side.
West Ham director of football Mario Husillos explained that Wilshere was one of their main targets for the transfer window and their delight in getting this over the line: “Manuel and I identified him as a target as soon as we joined the club and we are delighted to have succeeded in securing Jack’s signature above a number of other teams. On the biggest stage, he has shown that he has game-changing abilities, as well as having the creativity and intelligence to make a real difference to our squad.”
West Ham have already added Issa Diop from Toulouse for £22m, Lukasz Fabianski from Swansea for £7m and Fulham’s Ryan Fredericks on another free transfer and are heavily linked with another 3 players in Felipe Anderson, Bruno Fernandes and Andriy Yarmolenko.