Jack Wilshere burst onto the footballing scene as a teenager and was said to be the ‘next big thing’ in the Premier League, but with the passage of time, expectations on the Arsenal midfielder have tempered.
The England international is still only 22 years of age and certainly has time to improve and develop his game, but some have raised doubts on whether he can fulfil his potential.
The midfielder is not guaranteed a place in manager Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up, and competition is fierce.
Arsenal have an abundance of midfielders, with Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky a handful of players making up for what is on paper an enviable line-up.
Despite Ozil’s mixed season in 2013-14, the 25-year-old, who played a key role in Germany’s 2014 World Cup triumph in Brazil earlier this summer, is the jewel in the crown, while Ramsey was arguably the club’s best player last campaign.
However, Arsenal legend Tony Adams believes that Wilshere is as good as Ozil and is a better player than Wales international Ramsey.
‘For me, Jack is as good a player, but Ozil has just won the World Cup with Germany and achieved far more’, The Sun quotes the 47-year-old former England international as saying.
‘He should certainly be in front of Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky and Aaron Ramsey — and competing with Ozil’.
Just like Wilshere, Ramsey’s ability to fulfil his potential was cast into doubt not so long ago, but last season the 23-year-old grabbed the chances given to him by boss Wenger.
There are even suggestions that had the former Cardiff City star not been injured, then the North London club would have won the league.
But is Wilshere as good as Ozil? Probably not. The former Real Madrid star is a world-class midfielder and was a key factor in Cristiano Ronaldo scoring so many goals between 2010 and 2013.