Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard probably has several other positions that are higher on his agenda but one player who shouldn’t be overlooked in the winter transfer window is Jack Wilshere…
According to The Scottish Sun, Ally McCoist has backed Rangers to bring the free agent to Ibrox.
Wilshere finds himself without a club after being released by West Ham United on transfer deadline day and has been linked with the Light Blues since he first became a free agent in the summer.
Pictures have begun to circulate on social media reportedly showing an unidentified male and female being shown around the Govan stadium earlier this week amid fervent rumours that Wilshere is on his way to reuniting with his former England teammate. He’s currently valued at £3.6m via Transfermarkt, but won’t cost Ross Wilson a penny.
So, the Rangers chief must strike while the iron is hot, before it’s too late, as Wilshere has attracted interest from the Premier League as well as places as far afield as Australia, if recent reports are to be believed.
If the Gers want to regain the Premiership title whilst juggling the Europa League, it’s high-profile names like Wilshere that they have to secure at all costs.
Wilson made a bit of a blunder in the summer, bringing in Cedric Itten on a four-year-deal for an undisclosed fee, but he has turned out to be a bit of a damp squib, at club level at least, with just two goals in 12 games in all competitions so far this season. However, he could land an absolute bargain in Wilshere who is in a different league to Itten despite his injury woes.
Per WhoScored, the 28-year-old arguably enjoyed some of the best football of his career during his last year at Arsenal, as he scored one goal and supplied two assists in the Europa League, whilst he averaged 1.2 shots, 1.8 key passes and a staggering 3.2 dribbles per game. By comparison, even Scott Arfield is only managing 1.3 key passes and 0.3 dribbles per game in the Europa League this season, via WhoScored.
Granted, Gerrard is hardly short of options as the Gers have a stacked midfield at the moment, as Steven Davis, Joe Aribo, Ryan Jack, Glen Kamara, and Bongani Zungu can all play alongside Arfield, as a two or part of a midfield three, but Wilshere can also be deployed out wide or as sit as an attacking playmaker just behind the striker who would almost certainly be an upgrade on some if not all of the aforementioned options – injury permitting, of course.
Once lauded as an “exceptional” talent by his former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, his struggles with injuries are well-documented, but he has been working on his fitness levels with a personal trainer as he looks to get back into the game. He just needs to be given the time to shine, as it’s fair to say that he could take the Scottish Premiership by storm, if he is given such an opportunity to do so.
There will doubtlessly be some concerns about his injury record, which makes for pretty grim reading. But Gerrard has shown he can carefully manage injury concerns like Ryan Jack. Who’s to say that he wouldn’t be able to do the same with Wilshere? Get it done, Gers.