Manuel Pellegrini has admitted to the fact that Jack Wilshere’s signing was a high risk one.
He said Wilshere is a player who can’t play every day or every week for the Hammers.
West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has accepted the fact that former Arsenal star Jack Wilshere’s signing last summer was something that involves “high risk”. The player spent 10 years with the Gunners before leaving on a free transfer at the end of the last term when contract negotiations between him and the club failed. The east London club were at once ready to pounce on the opportunity and bagged the player.
According to the Guardian, the West Ham manager is wary of the fact that they could not have afforded to sign a player of Wilshere’s quality if the player was not available on a free transfer. He said, “We knew before he was not a player who would be available for every game, every week, but was a player of a quality that is not easy to bring to West Ham at a price we could afford. Maybe players of the quality of Wilshere at this moment can cost £100m, £90m, £70m. Good creative midfielders are very expensive.”
The veteran manager added, “He wanted to play at West Ham, we took the risk and it has not been a good month for him but we have the second part of the season and I hope he will play most part of the games.”
The English midfielder returned to the squad last week after an injury-tainted gap of three months. He made a substitute appearance in West Ham’s 3-0 win against Newcastle United and made an immediate impact by providing the assist for the third goal, which was scored by Felipe Anderson in the 93rd minute of the match.