West Bromwich Albion are interested in a deal to bring Jack Wilshere to The Hawthorns on a free transfer.
That’s according to a claim made by Dean Jones, with the transfer insider revealing in a recent interview with GIVEMESPORT that Steve Bruce is looking into the possibility of offering the unattached 30-year-old a contract at his Championship outfit.
Speaking about West Brom’s interest in Wilshere, the journalist said: “I’ve heard that Jack Wilshere might be one they’re looking into – just to see what his situation is and whether he would have any interest in joining West Brom.”
While it is undeniable that Wilshere has been far from his best in recent years, having endured largely unsuccessful spells at both West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth, should Bruce believe that he can finally be the manager to get the midfielder back to somewhere near his best, the signing of the 30-year-old could have a huge impact on West Brom’s promotion push this season.
Indeed, while his career has been severely hampered by injury, at one point in the not too distant future, Wilshere was arguably one of the most exciting talents in English football.
The former England international burst onto the scene as a teenager with Arsenal, with undoubtedly his most memorable performance coming in a 2-1 first-leg victory over Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League – a game in which Wilshere bossed one of the best midfields the world has ever seen in the shape of Xavi, Iniesta and Sergio Busquets.
However, as recently as 2016/17, the £1.8m-rated midfielder demonstrated over his 29 Premier League appearances that he still has what it takes to make an impact in the top flight of English football, providing two assists and creating four big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 1.2 key passes per game – with these returns seeing the 30-year-old earn a highly impressive seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.01.
As such, should Bruce be able to help Wilshere refind this form after his potential switch to West Brom, in addition to the midfielder not being offered a substantial wage or a long-term contract, the signing of the player who Gennaro Gattuso dubbed “super-tactical” could well prove to have a major impact on the Baggies’ chances of promotion this term – as well as the midfielder being something of an ideal replacement for the recently released Robert Snodgrass in the middle of the park.