Alan Hutton fears Jack Wilshere may have to accept a pay-as-you-play deal when his contract expires at West Ham United after struggling with injuries.
The former Spurs and Villa right-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted it is a “terrible shame” that the 28-year-old has been hampered by injuries yet again.
Wilshere has only mustered 323 minutes of football this season having suffered a pelvic injury and hernia already in 2020.
The former England international signed for the Hammers on a free transfer in the summer of 2018 but has only made 16 appearances in all competitions.
Hutton insisted injuries have prevented the playmaker from fulfilling the immense potential he showed at Arsenal.
“It is a terrible shame,” he told Football Insider.
“In his early years, he showed the ability to be one of the best midfielders in the world. It has been really tough for him.
“He has had injury after injury after injury. The same thing has happened at West Ham that did at Arsenal.
“I am pretty sure he will be on big wages so if he is moving on from West Ham – who is going to take the risk? He may have to accept a contract where it is pay-as-you-play.
“He is at a point in his career where he will have to make a footballing decision. It is not about money. Can his body take it?
“He must be very frustrated because I know when I have a little injury I am a nightmare. He has had that throughout his whole career and I feel for him.”
Whilst at Arsenal, Wilshere was hailed “the future of English football” by Barcelona and Spain legend Xavi.
However, the midfielder, whose contract expires next summer, has spent 1427 days on the sidelines since making his professional debut against Blackburn Rovers in September 2008.