Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has come under heavy criticisms in recent months because of his underwhelming performances.
Once considered the ‘next big thing’ in English football, the 22-year-old is now being slated by football pundits and fans alike for not doing enough for club or country.
Wilshere’s performances in the 2013-14 season and his displays for England at the 2014 World Cup were not exactly great, and there are suggestions that the 2014-15 campaign could be a defining one in his career.
One former footballer who sympathises with Wilshere is ex-Tottenham Hotspur star Darren Anderton, who has (correctly) pointed out the injury problems his English compatriot has had to face in recent years.
Anderton, though, believes that Wilshere should follow the example of his Arsenal teammate Aaron Ramsey, who broke his leg in 2010 but is now one of the best players in Arsene Wenger’s squad.
‘Ramsey was out for a while with an injury, he came back, he didn't play well for six months and the Arsenal fans were on his back, but look at him now’, Eurosport quotes the former England international as saying. ‘The same thing can happen with Jack. He is a similar player - if not better in terms of quality’.
Wilshere himself recently admitted that he needs to step up his game this season, claiming that the 2014-15 campaign will be ‘big’ for him (click here to read more).
The England international’s talent and quality is undeniable, but for some reason or the other he has not blossomed into the world-class player many thought he would when he first burst onto the scene as a teenager.
However, Wilshere is only 22 years of age and has time on his side.