Exclusive: Jack Wilshere would struggle in Championship- Pundit reacts to West Ham transfer plan
Noel Whelan suggests that West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere would struggle to get a move to a Championship side if he leaves the Irons this summer.
The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes anyone signing the former Arsenal man would be taking a “risk” after his horrific injury record.
As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, the Irons are willing to let the 28-year-old leave for nothing this summer in a bid to get his £100,000-a-week wages off the books.
Wilshere has been out of action since October after suffering a hernia which, as revealed by Football Insider, required surgery last month.
Whelan insists a move away from the London Stadium is for the best but suggests Wilshere would struggle to even get a move to the Championship if he were to stay in England.
Whelan told Football Insider: “I think it’s the right thing, to let him go. Who will take him now?
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“Somebody will but it will be on a massive wage cut and it will be a risk for any team because you’re not getting enough game time out of a player that might be demanding a certain amount of money.
“When you look at it, every league is difficult, I’d probably say the Championship is sometimes harder than the Premier League, it’s played at a different kind of pace.
“You need different credentials to get through the Championship season, sometimes you don’t need luxury players and that’s what he’d be, a luxury player.
“Would he be able to do the graft that’s required for a Championship side to get out? I’m not so sure. Then there would be people worrying about his fitness, can they get enough out of him to give them that chance of getting promotion?
“It’s a really difficult position Jack Wilshere’s in right now and he’s going to have to think long and hard, he can’t be picky about where he goes. It’s about getting football and playing 35 to 40 games out of a season.”