Spurs and England legend Paul Gascoigne has offered Jack Wilshere his backing following the FA’s charge against him for his anti-Spurs chant while claiming that our midfielder could be better than he was, the Daily Mail reports.
Wilshere was likened to Gascoigne when he first broke onto the scene simply because England lacked a player so comfortable in possession and able to carry the ball across the pitch effortlessly.
Injuries have hampered Wilshere’s progress but due to his off-field problems over the past few years – although on different extremes – comparisons can still be made between the two.
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Gascoigne believes that there was an overreaction to Wilshere’s actions at the parade before distancing himself from the comparisons between them.
“I look at Jack Wilshere, he’s just won the FA Cup, he’s had a drink and getting stick — five days later he’s the best player since sliced bread,” Gascoigne said.
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“It’s a shame the season has ended because he’s had a few months out. He’s nothing like me, definitely not — maybe he’s better.”
Wilshere still has some way to go if comparisons between him and Gascoigne can become a genuine debate and his performances for England will inevitably become the metric for that notion.
However, at the age of 23, Wilshere has a number of years to carve out a significant career and his performances in 2016 will be crucial. An important season awaits for Arsenal before potentially his first major international tournament that he can be seriously considered for.
It’s time for Jack Wilshere to become Jack Wilshere.