Published on June 25th, 2015 | by Daniel Cheeseman1
City set their eyes on Wilshere | Tony Samboras
Manchester City recruiters target Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere
As football teams in the UK prepare for a robust recruiting season, online speculation concerning Manchester City’s 2015-16 roster of players focuses on several talented midfielders, including Jack Wilshere of Arsenal. For weeks, sports columnists have offered their opinions about whether the 23-year old will stay with his current team or become the target of a ferocious bidding war.
Sports columnists making figurative free bets on this subject, frequently opine that Jack Wilshere might benefit his career by joining the Blues. Some have gone so far as to suggest he will definitely become a recruiting target if French midfielder Paul Pogba does not join that team. Unfortunately, match betting on the complex topic of pro soccer recruitment issues holds many pitfalls.
Two Talented Players
Both Jack Wilshere and Paul Pogba demonstrate great ability on the soccer field, one of the main reasons why City fans find the recruitment discussions so engaging. The consensus favors City making efforts to obtain additional midfield talent before the start of another season.
Will Jack Wilshere find Manuel Pellegrini targeting him as a recruitment prospect? Some sports columnists, such as Dave Kidd writing in the UK’s Daily Mirror, note that Jack Wilshere demonstrates incredible ability as a midfielder. At Arsenal, he plays with several other talented midfielders, including Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin, and thus sometimes waits to take up the central midfield game position. On the other hand, City may be considering recruiting others, such as the massively talented French soccer star, Paul Pogba of Juventus.
Jack Wilshere’s Early Career
Although Jack Wilshere remains a comparatively young soccer pro, during his professional career he has sustained injuries which prevented him from appearing as frequently as fans would like. Born in Hertfordshire in Stevenage, he was raised in Hitchin, where he began playing sports as a child. At the age of nine, he became an Arsenal supporter.
He played for Arsenal during most of his youth career, between 2001 and 2008, before joining the team as a pro. During 2010 he briefly went on loan to Bolton, and in that capacity he played in an away game at Manchester City against West Ham United. On March 5, 2010, his team secured a 2-1 victory there. This early performance allowed lots of City fans to appreciate his midfielding skills.
Overcoming Painful Injuries
Jack Wilshere has played very well for Arsenal. Dave Kidd praises his willingness to advance aggressively from within the midfield during soccer matches. At 5′ 8″ and 150 pounds, he displays great competitive spirit as an athlete.
His career suffered a temporary setback during the fall of the 2011-12 season, when he sustained a stress fracture that required ankle surgery at a London hospital and several months of recuperation. The injury prevented him from playing for Arsenal during the remainder of the 2011-12 season.
During the subsequent period of time that he has played for Arsenal, he has typically impressed fans, although he has sometimes been sidelined by injuries. He participated with great success as a member of the English National Team in several important international matches. Dave Kidd’s editorial notes that if Jack Wilshere were to move to Manchester City, he would likely be called upon frequently as a central midfielder.
Should British fans count on City targeting Jack Wilshere for recruitment? Free bets and match betting aside (sports betting is permitted in many European countries), an objective examination of the recruitment situation might cause an observer to think that the Blues have seriously considered recruiting several talented midfielders this year. Fans will have to wait to find out whether Paul Pogba, Jack Wilshere or other players join this Summer.
This article was written by sports writer Tony Samboras who has written many articles for a variety of websites. His professional writing experience comes from writing for an Australian free betting website.