Former England international Bryan Robson feels Jack Wilshere still has a lot to prove and must find his scoring boots.
The young midfielder has received plenty of plaudits for his performances and his potential to become an England great, however Robson feels if Wilshere wants to emulate the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard he must start scoring like the veteran duo.
The 21-year-old is set to miss out on Wednesday’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland and also next Sunday’s match against Brazil as he undergoes an ankle surgery.
The Arsenal star is however aiming to return to the international stage in August for the Three Lions friendly against Scotland, and Manchester United legend Robson has expressed his opinion about England’s brightest star.
The Daily Mail quoted Robson as saying:
Jack is more or less an attacking midfield player but he doesn’t score enough goals.
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So he has either got to get his timing right to get into the box to score more or he has to practice on the training pitch how to actually finish how Steven Gerrard would. Gerrard can play in a sitting role and still score you a cracking goal from 25 yards. I don’t see Wilshere doing that.
While Robson’s criticism seems harsh there is an element of reality too it as Wilshere needs to find the net more often. But he has not primarily operated in the most attacking midfield role that often and is more of a team player who likes to create rather than look to shoot from distance.
Goals will come with confidence and game time however his development has been continually been hampered over the past few seasons with injuries. Similar to Fabregas, Wilshere will take some time to start scoring and when he does he will certainly be an exceptional all round midfielder.
He often takes free kicks from distance and delivers some tidy balls into the box, he may not become Arsenal’s top scorer like Lampard for Chelsea but he will soon start finding the back of the net.