Potential Consequences: West Ham signing Jack Wilshere

According to reputable insider ExWHUemployee, West Ham are close to wrapping up another signing in the form of Jack Wilshere, who is available on a free transfer having let his contract at Arsenal expire.

The England international missed out on Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad and particularly bearing in mind his injury problems, he’s really in need of a new home – a club where he’ll be greatly appreciated, even if he’s not always fit, and allowed to play his brand of football.

It looks like a smart signing for the east Londoners, who appear to be moving in the right direction this summer under the guidance of Manuel Pellegrini. But could there be unforeseen ramifications to this expected arrival?

Football FanCast take a look at three potential consequences of Wilshere signing for the Hammers – some good, some bad…

Mark Noble’s future comes under threat

Noble’s commitment can never be questioned but the quality of his performances have been inconsistent over the last few seasons, and while he still covers a lot of grass he’s no longer the energetic dynamo of his early twenties.

Wilshere will give West Ham something a little different in midfield, more creativity and offensive purpose, so Pellegrini will need to partner him with a playbreaker and if it’s a choice between Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate or Pedro Obiang, the Englishman seems the likeliest to miss out – especially if it’s a two-man engine room in the Chilean’s expected 4-4-2 setup.

Noble simply doesn’t have the legs for it and although he’s obviously passionate about the club, being pushed down the pecking order will inevitably put his long-term future in jeopardy. It could well be the beginning of the end for West Ham’s greatest servant of the modern era.

Pellegrini’s philosophy starts to take effect

Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium

West Ham won’t make a more Pellegrini-esque signing this summer than Wilshere. The South American heavily emphasises attacking football, which is exactly what West Ham fans want to see and expected to see upon moving to the London Stadium, and as far as central midfielders go Wilshere’s one of the most offensive-minded in the Premier League.

He’ll change the dynamics of West Ham’s midfield, which is currently far more workaday than innovative, and that will set the tone for the rest of the starting XI as well. In fact, in terms of really putting Pellegrini’s philosophy into effect in east London, the England international could quickly prove to be a crucial signing.


Manuel Lanzini’s creativity void filled

Lanzini’s injury before the World Cup was a massive blow for the Argentine but also West Ham, who have relied on the playmaker’s creativity and flair more and more since he first joined the club and particularly since the sale of Dimitri Payet.

Out until January, it’s a difficult situation for Pellegrini to gauge – whether he accepts the squad will be left slightly short of offensive quality for the first half of the season, paving the way for Lanzini to return in the second, or brings in a direct replacement which could complicate selections further down the line.

Wilshere tends to operate a lot deeper than Lanzini and they’re by no means carbon copies of each other, but in terms of bringing creativity to this West Ham team the former Arsenal man could certainly go a long way to filling the South American’s void – quelling the need to sign a replacement for the opening months of the campaign.

So, Arsenal fans, with those consequences in mind are you pleased that Wilshere looks set to join the club? Let us know by voting below…