West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has backed new signing Jack Wilshere to become a “great asset” for the East London side. Wilshere left long-time club Arsenal last week after being told by new manager Unai Emery that his playing time was set to be reduced. The 26-year-old is now hoping that he can reignite his career with the club he grew up supporting.
Jack Wilshere’s ongoing struggles with form and injuries have made for numerous headlines over the years, but few Arsenal fans ever doubted his commitment to their club. During his 17-year spell with the Gunners, Wilshere was hailed as both a future legend and a bitter disappointment, yet his passion for the game of football was rarely called into question.
It appears that this hunger to perform is perhaps what has attracted West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini to the 26-year-old, and ahead of the Hammers pre-season training camp in Switzerland, Pellegrini was full of praise for his latest signing.
“We are very happy to welcome Jack to West Ham United,” said Pellegrini. “I look forward to working with him, starting at our training camp here in Switzerland.
“Jack is a player with excellent technical ability, combined with great energy and commitment, and has proven his quality both in the Premier League and at international level.”
Such was his devotion to Arsenal, that many football fans assumed Wilshere was a Gooner through and through; however, joining West Ham has been a dream of Wilshere’s ever since he was a boy. “It feels good and of course my family and a few of my friends are West Ham fans so everyone’s buzzing,” he said.
Wilshere is the fourth signing that Manuel Pellegrini has made since arriving at the London Stadium, following Ryan Fredericks, Lukasz Fabianski, and Issa Diop. The former Man City boss is set to meet up with his new players later this week, and has already singled Wilshere out as a future star for the Hammers.
“Most importantly, he is hungry to play for West Ham, and determined to reproduce the level of performance that he has shown in the past.” said Pellegrini.
“At 26, he still has many years of football in front of him, and I believe he will be a great asset for us.”