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Everton: Benitez could repeat Gbamin nightmare with Wilshere

Rafa Benitez has been in the Everton job for just over 24 hours now but there is no rest for the Spaniard.

The Toffees have lost precious time in the transfer window and will need to act quickly in order to sweep up their desired targets.

What’s the word?

One area that Everton seemingly want to improve this summer is their midfield options.

They have been linked with a plethora of combative central players from Yves Bissouma and Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa to most recently, Glen Kamara.

Another name that’s been put forward is Jack Wilshere. The former Arsenal star is now a free agent after his short term deal with Bournemouth came to a climax at the end of June.

Marcus Bent was quizzed on the matter when speaking exclusively to Football FanCast this week but he wasn’t convinced by the 34-cap England international.

Do you want Everton to sign Wilshere?

No chance!

No chance!

Yes please!

Yes please!

He commented: “No, he’s 29 now and injury-prone having been released by Bournemouth.

“He was a brilliant youngster, did well for Arsenal, but I don’t think Everton want to take the chance on someone like that – I think for the money they can go out and get someone else younger and as talented as he is.”

Stay away

There is no denying Wilshere’s fabulous qualities on the field of play. He can unlock a stern defence and jinx past a defender in the way Phil Foden now does so successfully for Manchester City.

He dominated Barcelona as a teenager and earned fine praise from Spanish legend Xavi.

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However, the midfielder’s career has headed downhill after an injury-plagued career with Arsenal and West Ham.

During the course of his playing days, Wilshere has endured 18 different spells on the sideline and hasn’t played over 30 games in one league season for over a decade now.

Once described as the most “overrated” player on the planet by Roy Keane, that assessment might be taking things a stretch too far, but Bent is right to suggest that it would be a mistake to sign him.

After all, Everton already have one injury pillaged midfielder in Jean-Philippe Gbamin.

The Ivorian arrived at Goodison Park as a highly rated prospect but he’s endured a nightmare in Merseyside.

Gbamin has only played three times for the Toffees since joining for £25m in 2019. Since then, he’s spent 620 days out injured and has missed a grand total of 86 matches.

The midfielder suffered a hamstring injury during his first season before his second campaign was ended by an Achilles tendon rupture.

On the verge of a return last term, the 25-year-old then sustained a medial collateral ligament injury.

With that in mind, Benitez needs to focus his efforts on signing players with a better track record when it comes to fitness; Wilshere is not the answer to improving their midfield.

AND in other news, Everton eye swoop for “special” 34-cap beast, he’s a massive upgrade on Davies…

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