In Focus: Newcastle signing Wilshere would appease a frustrated Benitez

According to reports in The Sun on Sunday, Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has stepped up his bid to sign in demand Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, who is rated at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, with the England international resigned to the fact that he will be leaving the Gunners.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Sun on Sunday says that Wilshere believes his days with the north London outfit are numbered after he was left out of the squad for their opening day Premier League win against Leicester City despite the club missing a number of injured players such as Laurent Koscielny and Alexis Sanchez.

The Sun on Sunday says that Arsene Wenger stated that the 25-year-old wasn’t fully fit after fracturing his leg during his season-long loan spell with Bournemouth in April, but Wilshere had told friends that he is ready.

Meanwhile, the report adds that Magpies manager Benitez is fuming with the club’s transfer business this summer and has told the club to pull out all the stops to bring the Three Lions star to St James’ Park.

However, The Sun on Sunday says they will face competition from Premier League rivals West Ham United, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth, while Roma, Juventus and Lazio are also keen.

How did Wilshere do with the Cherries?

He was impressive.

The 25-year-old needed to play regularly following a tough couple of seasons at Arsenal and he made 29 Premier League appearances for Bournemouth before fracturing his leg in April.

The midfielder certainly showed glimpses of getting back to his old self with his quality on the ball and the fact that he successfully completed 57 of the 81 take-ons he attempted.

Would he be a good signing for Newcastle?

He certainly would be.

Wilshere showed during his time at Bournemouth how influential he can be and the 25-year-old would bring some quality and experience to the middle of the park for the Magpies.

While it may seem unlikely, he also knows that it is a World Cup year and that if he plays regularly and performs well he could have an outside chance of making Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in Russia next summer.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, Benitez has had a frustrating summer but signing Wilshere would help to eradicate some of his issues and would be a statement of intent.