Jack Wilshere's comments highlight the major problem with his game

Jack Wilshere

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere has said that he will try to learn from Andrea Pirlo and Javier Mascherano, but that only highlights a flaw in his game.

Jack Wilshere's most recent comments to the press prove exactly where he is going wrong. 

The 22-year-old's career appears to have been on a steady decline since he burst onto the scene as a talented teenager and it is no wonder that he is almost in make-or-break territory already.

The central-midfielder can no longer be considered a youngster, yet he still doesn't seem to have reached anywhere near the heights that he had in his more youthful days.

Wilshere appears to have no set role in a team anymore - for Arsenal or England - and is utilised in a number of different positions, as his managers try to nurture him back to the top of his game.

The latest trick to do this has been to hand Wilshere videos of Andrea Pirlo and Javier Mascherano to learn from, as he tries to adapt to the role of playing at the base of the diamond formation for his country.

Against Switzerland Wilshere did a credible job in his new position, but it was hardly an eye-catching performance and the latest technique is likely to heighten the problem that he is currently facing, rather than rectify it. 

'It was my first time ever playing there [in the holding role, at the bottom of the diamond], so over the next month or so I am going to look at a few videos of the game and of players who play in that position regularly - Pirlo, Mascherano and players like that and I'll get better," Wilshere said, highlighting exactly where he is going wrong.

Although the Arsenal man is clearly trying to adapt, he is currently trying to do everything rather than picking a defined area to improve. 

He could hardly have chosen two more contrasting players to learn from. Whilst Pirlo is a creative talent, who glides around the football pitch, Mascherano is an enforcer who adopts a street-fighter style. There is simply no way that Wilshere can offer both.

At the moment he has no specific role and, unless he creates an identity for himself, this looks set to hinder him throughout his career.

When breaking through, Wilshere was an attacking number 10, but he has progressively had to pick up deeper roles as his influence on games diminishes. 

The Gunners man often appears on the periphery of matches nowadays and he is being surpassed by prospects at club and international level, but his latest technique to try and fulfil his potential only goes to show how disillusioned he is becoming. 

If Wilshere is ever to show that he can be the great English hope that was once expected of him, he needs to create a definite position for himself, but his current move suggests that he is still searching for an identity. 

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