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Manuel Pellegrini has refused to give up on West Ham United midfielder Jack Wilshere, according to Claret & Hugh.
The 27-year-old was linked with a move to MLS by The Athletic, and while this is a sign of how far he has fallen since the teenage days of battling Barcelona, he still shouldn’t be written off just yet.
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Wilshere missed 30 games through injury last term, but he has worked his way back to fitness to be available for the current campaign.
He has struggled to get much meaningful game time so far, making just 2 Premier League starts and 4 substitute appearances, as well as 2 Carabao Cup starts.
While there are still questions over his ability to physically deal with the game, Wilshere is clearly a talented footballer who can help West Ham in midfield.
He gave a hint of his neat play when the Hammers played Crystal Palace, coming off the bench to complete the 1 dribble he attempted and 85% of his passes.
The truth is that he hasn’t had much of an opportunity to show what he can do, due to both injury and selection decisions, so it would be foolish to completely write him off at this moment in time.
It has been claimed that the 34-cap England international could be played against Tottenham Hotspur if Mark Noble is unavailable, and considering the poor run West Ham are on, his introduction could be a good way to switch things up.