By Noel Whelan

28th Sep, 2019 | 1:11pm

'Let the fans down' - Pundit hammers West Ham star who shouldn't be 'anywhere near' starting XI

Noel Whelan has blasted West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere for his poor performance against Oxford United and says he will not be in the first-team reckoning with displays like that.

The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 27-year-old should have been able to easily control the League Cup tie against the League One outfit in the Hammers’ shock 4-0 defeat.

Manuel Pellegrini made a number of changes to his starting XI at the Kassam Stadium but the majority were first-team players like Wilshere.

Whelan says that it was an embarrassing result for the Irons and that senior players like the former Arsenal man should not be considered for a first-team spot any time soon after they let everyone at the London Stadium down.

Whelan told Football Insider: “You look at players and you give them opportunities, but it doesn’t matter who you’re playing against. You’ve got to bring your quality to every single game and setting your standards. 

“If he keeps going on like this, he won’t be breaking into the first-team at West Ham. Managers want to see a little bit more, they want to see if you can control games and they should be against Oxford, no disrespect.

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“They let the club down, let the fans down who have travelled to watch the game, let the manager down who is looking to see a spark to see if they can challenge for a position in the first-team. That 90 minutes was wasted.

“None of the players there deserve to be anywhere near the first-team because of the way they went out and performed against Oxford.”

Wilshere has played just five times across all competitions for the Irons this season, battling it out with Mark Noble, Declan Rice and Pablo Fornals for a place in the matchday squad.

His only league starts came in the first two Premier League games of the season, sitting out three games before returning against Manchester United.

In other West Ham news, Whelan has told Football Insider that one “fantastic” international should quit the Hammers for the good of his career.