Jack Wilshere has been criticised in the past for his playing style, as his close control and tendency to hold onto the ball until the last minute has often resulted in injuries. He insists that he won’t just be changing the way he plays though, despite lengthy spells on the sidelines.
The 23-year-old has struggled badly with injuries, and yet again spent much of the season watching from the stands. He has looked fantastic since returning to action though, scoring a fantastic goal against West Bromwich Albion – which was voted goal of the season (via The Independent).
Hopefully he can remain injury free for a while now, despite his unwillingness to change his playing style.
“When I was injured, I read a few people who said that [I should change],” he said, as quoted by the Evening Standard.
“I thought ‘maybe they are right. Maybe I should just change it a little bit’. But in my first game back, naturally I just want to pick the ball up and run with it.
“I can’t change that. I can work on a few things maybe. If you look at the best dribblers in the world, [Lionel] Messi, [Andres] Iniesta, when they are running with the ball it is always close to them so maybe I could work on that. But I definitely won’t be changing my game.”
The England international is still potentially the future of our – and England’s – midfield, but only if he can get over his injury troubles.
His playing style is part of what makes him such a fantastic player, so he may be right not to change. A few tweaks may be required however, as he needs to avoid getting clattered quite as much. Hopefully the ability to know when to pull out of a challenge will come with experience, as it would be a huge bonus for us to have Wilshere fit and firing on all cylinders for a full season.