Exclusive: Darren Bent tears into 'attitude' of West Ham ace benched v Bournemouth

Darren Bent has blasted the attitude of West Ham star Jack Wilshere after playing his part in the club’s League Cup defeat to Oxford United.

The former Aston Villa and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that the 27-year-old midfielder needs to be playing more games than he currently is in east London having been named on the bench for the visit to the Bournemouth.

Wilshere had started the Hammers’ shock League Cup thrashing at the hands of Oxford in midweek, with his last Premier League start coming in the Irons’ second league game of the season.

While Bent wants to see more of the former Arsenal man in east London, he has criticised the midfielder’s attitude against Oxford, suggesting he assumed no matter how well he played he would not be handed a starting role by Pellegrini.

Bent told Football Insider: “I’m a very, very big Jack Wilshere fan. I would like him to start more games. 

“You know full well whatever you do in this (League Cup) game is irrelevant to your league position (in the squad). Sometimes you get caught in that mindset where you go: ‘It doesn’t really matter what I do, I know I’m not going to play.’

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“You really shouldn’t have that attitude, as players you can’t help it because you just know. You talk about all the cliches, be professional, do everything well but sometimes as players you can’t just help it.” 

Wilshere has started just two of the Hammers’ Premier League games this season and sat out three top-flight matches before coming off the bench against Manchester United last weekend.

His time in east London has been curtailed by injury and fitness problems, with a total of just 13 appearances before Saturday’s clash against Bournemouth.

In other West Ham news, Football Insider pundit has torn into one senior Hammers star who should be “nowhere near” the starting XI.