Former Liverpool, Tottenham and England player Danny Murphy explained to talkSPORT his main concern with regards to Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.
Wilshere has been superb for club and country over the past month, ending his season with a fantastic brace for England against Slovenia last weekend.
It was a performance that Murphy admits he was impressed by, but he feels there is a danger with Wilshere advancing forward to attack from a deep position.
“My only worry with Jack is that because he’s playing in that holding role, he vacates that position when his team dominate possession so much – Against a better side, is he going to be released to get forward? I’d like to see him in those forward positions more often,” he said.
Wilshere does have the characteristics to play a holding role consistently with England and potentially under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
He could enjoy more freedom in terms of getting forward with the Gunners, because they are such an effective team when it comes to retaining the ball.
Murphy has a point when applying his comments to Arsenal, because the club’s back four has looked vulnerable at times when there has been no protection or discipline in terms of midfielders holding their position.
The home games against Monaco in the Champions League and Manchester United in the Premier League last season, showed how vulnerable Arsenal can be across the back four, when the holding player is encouraged to get forward.
Arsene Wenger will have watched tapes of the England game last week to study the performances of his players and hopefully he will get a quick message to Wilshere, reminding him of the importance to stay disciplined and to have half an eye on defence when he plays a deeper role.