Darren Bent suggested West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere is worried about where he could end up next.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-Tottenham striker revealed that he believes other Premier League teams might not want Wilshere due to his injury record.
It was recently reported that the 28-year-old will resist any attempts to be sold this month with him eyeing a return to fitness and a place in David Moyes’ first-team plans.
Bent explained that Wilshere may not be keen on an exit out of fear as there may not be clubs jumping at the chance to sign him.
The ex-striker added that he’d like to think Championship clubs would be keen on the midfielder but wasn’t convinced Wilshere would be eager to leave the Premier League.
When asked if Wilshere can make it at West Ham with him set to avoid being pushed out the exit door, Bent told Football Insider: “I’m a big fan of Jack Wilshere.”
“Big fan, always have been, I’ve probably backed him when people have said ‘you crazy’ as I’m that big of a believer in Jack.
“Also he’s a clever kid, he’s had big injuries at Arsenal and Bournemouth and now West Ham.
“And with these injuries and what has happened to him over the course of time, he’s probably thinking to himself, ‘where do I go next?’
“If he was fit and playing and people were coming in, he probably be well I’m happy where I am…but because no one is probably coming in, just because of the injuries, as no one can deny his ability, but with his injuries and his lack of game time…
“He may have even said to his agent, is there anything out there? And they may have said well it’ll only be Championship clubs, and he is probably thinking I’m not dropping to the Championship, I’m gonna stay where I am”.
“Even if the West Ham board do go we want to sell you, he might not have anywhere to go, and you’d like to think every top team in the Championship would want him, but Premier League teams can they really rely on him? If he can only manage two games here and there.
“So I think he’s probably worried about where he could go if he does leave West Ham.”
Wilshere has only managed to featured eight times for the Hammers across all competitions this season.
The central midfielder has been with West Ham since joining them on a free transfer from Arsenal in 2018.