After Arsenal’s Community Shield win, Arsène Wenger admitted he’s open to Jack Wilshere leaving this summer. Where could the star crossed midfielder go?
The Englishman has still not been offered a new contract. Rumours persist he’s not in Wenger’s plans. An uneventful year on loan at Bournemouth hasn’t done much for his first team prospects at the Emirates. He’s fallen to the bottom of the attacking midfield pecking order. Once proclaimed “the next Iniesta,” he must find greener pastures or become the latest Bojan.
Here are three clubs the ex-England international might join.
For those who watch German football on a regular basis, it’s no secret Borussia Dortmund is the Bundesliga’s most exhilarating team. BvB are filled with exciting youngsters. Said youngsters are, in turn, brimming with confidence. All Peter Bosz needs is a seasoned midfielder to take them to the next level.
Wilshere has done it all: played at World Cups, European Championships and in the Premier League. When healthy, he has much to offer.
Jack would be the furthest advanced midfielder, supplying an attacking trio comprising Marco Reus, Pierre-Emrick Aubameyang and Moussa Dembélé, assuming the latter isn’t lured to Barcelona. It’s a set up that promises assists galore. Wilshere’s reputation amongst football’s elite would be restored.
Lastly, he would benefit immensely from German football’s tactical-based style. While it’s rougher than the genteel Spanish game, Wilshere would enjoy some respite from England’s uber-physicality. When his time at the Westfalenstadion ends, he could bring some of that tactical nous to a Three Lions side in dire need.
Ross Barkley’s Locomotive Breath running will be missed at Goodison Park, if he ever finds the door. Wilshere’s similar, albeit more controlled, style might offer more productivity. His direct dribbling is perfect for the Premier League. It can turn defence into attack in seconds.
Ronald Koeman is building a formidable team at Everton. He’s implemented a high octane brand of football that demands his players play a quick tempo. Wilshere’s tikki-takka background at Arsenal would suit Koeman’s style, especially in the final third.
Everton would offer Wilshere the opportunity to play in the Europa League, a competition he’s never experienced. Calling Goodison Park home would also allow him to retain a place in the world’s most watched league.
The Giallorossi finished only 4 points behind champion Juventus last season. The Old Lady was nearly run down by the Wolves. That fairy tale has ended, however, with the team in red going through a roster overhaul under new manager Eusebio Di Francesco. With Francesco Totti retired, Mohamed Salah, Antonio Rudiger, and Leandro Paredes all moving elsewhere for better opportunities, why not sign a talented player happy just to have one?
The 25-year old would seamlessly fit as the midfield spearhead in Roma’s 4-3-3. A chance to play in the Eternal City offers the Englishman a chance to broaden his cultural knowledge, his football, and his international reputation. The Italian team would also provide Wilshere with coveted Champions League football, something Arsenal can’t.
The only worry would be Calcio’s more brutal nature. At this point, however, Wilshere can’t afford to turn his nose at any opportunity.