Joe Cole suggests where Jack Wilshere should play for West Ham, compares him to PSG star

Jack Wilshere of West Ham United during the friendly match between West Ham United and FSV Mainz 05 at Sportzentrum Schwaz on July 31, 2018 in Schwaz, Austria.

Wilshere is one of seven new faces at West Ham this summer.

Jack Wilshere (L) of West Ham United in action during the pre-season friendly match between Ipswich Town and West Ham United at Portman Road on July 28, 2018 in Ipswich, England.

West Ham United icon Joe Cole has told the Coaches' Voice that Manuel Pellegrini should play new signing Jack Wilshere deeper in midfield - and compared him to Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti.

Wilshere, 26, is one of seven new faces at the London Stadium after joining the club from Arsenal on a free transfer after his contract expired at The Emirates. New manager Unai Emery told Wilshere that he would struggle for game time.

It has seen him join the likes of Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang, Cheikhou Kouyate and Edimilson Fernandes in West Ham's engine room, alongside newbies such as Felipe Anderson, Issa Diop and Andriy Yarmolenko.


Cole, who came through the academy at West Ham before eventually joining Chelsea, has urged Pellegrini to play the England international in deep midfield rather than the number 10 role - and reckons he shows similarities to Verratti.

"I look at him and think he is a similar player to myself, in terms of style," Cole said. "I'd like to have coached him, I still think he has levels to go up if you keep him fit.

"As a manager, I would have managed him differently to how he has been managed; he'd have played more games. I'd play him in a position deeper than the number 10 role, as a number 10, that's when he gets into a bit of trouble.

Joe Cole of West Ham United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at Boleyn Ground on December 26, 2013 in London, England.

"I'd play him more in midfield when he can pick and choose his moments to go, and be more explosive; he's more effective there. People might have looked at him as an Eden Hazard, I'm looking at him like a Marco Verratti."

Wilshere has joined a club that he has followed throughout his entire life, with it well-documented that his family are big West Ham fans.

He is expected to make his debut for West Ham on August 12, as the east Londoners travel north to Merseyside to face Champions League finalists Liverpool at Anfield.

West Ham United's English midfielder Joe Cole runs after the ball during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Hull City at the Boleyn Ground, Upton Park,...

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