It was good to see Jack Wilshere return to first team action, albeit for just twenty-five minutes against Hull City. He looked sharp and appeared to be fully fit, he didn’t look afraid to take the ball into situations where he would get tackled.
If, as is rumoured, Santi Cazorla leaves in the summer, Jack will be in direct competition with Aaron Ramsey for a midfield berth and it will be difficult to choose between them. They are both effective but in different ways, Jack is the more dynamic player, happy to run with the ball at his feat, drawing in defenders thus creating space for the strikers. Aaron is better at picking out passes but tends to slow the game down at times. It must be a case of horses for courses. Different opposition and different game situations demanding different tactics.
Of course, everything is dependent on Wilshere’s fitness, he has been out since November, he has a history of breaking down when returning from injury, perhaps returning too soon.
With only a handful of games to go in the season it is difficult to see him getting much game time, particularly given the form of the current starting eleven, and it’s game time that he desperately needs if he’s going to be able to play a part from the start of the new season.
The UEFA European Under 21 Championship is taking place in the Czech Republic this summer, Wilshere is qualified to take part as an over-age player, it would get him the match time he needs and would keep him out of trouble for a few weeks, it would also give a very good indication of his future fitness and would be excellent preparation for the new season.
If Gareth Southgate could be induced to call him up, would it be a good thing for him to go? Or should he be given the summer off to relax in the sunshine with his mates?
………Should Jack go too?
Written by Norfolk Gooner