Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has come under severe criticisms in recent months.
The 22-year-old’s inclusion in the 23-man England squad for the 2014 World Cup came under scrutiny, and his performances in Brazil were disappointing.
The youngster was then caught smoking in public again in the summer, and his start to the 2014-15 season for Arsenal has not been great.
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Although Wilshere was a key player in the Gunners’ triumph over Besiktas in the two-legged Champions League playoff round, doubts remain on whether he can be consistent and keep his place in Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up.
Wilshere knows all this, and has publicly said that he needs to improve his performances and prove his detractors wrong.
‘There's no point in me saying I've got another year to develop’, Goal.com quotes him as saying. ‘I'm 22 now. Look at Germany. Mario Gotze won the World Cup for Germany and he's 22, he's my age. It is time to deliver. It is an important season for me, a big season, not just for my country but my club as well’.
Often accused of not being mature enough, Wilshere’s comments about the urgency to improve and ‘deliver’ exhibit just how much determined he is to establish himself as one of the best players in the world.
The 22-year-old’s comparisons with Bayern Munich attacker Mario Gotze in particular show how much he wants to progress. The Germany international is widely regarded as one of the best and most talented youngsters in Europe, although he did not particularly have a great 2013-14 campaign.
However, Gotze delivered on the biggest footballing stage and scored the goal that saw Germany win the 2014 World Cup. Wilshere may be not be able to do that anytime soon, but the fact that he has realised how big a season 2014-15 is going to be for him shows that he is desperate to succeed.