Wilshere, the midfielder, penned terms with the Hammers earlier this year after his Arsenal contract expired. Despite being struck by constant injuries over the past few years, Wilshere is still only 26 and capturing him was viewed as something of a coup for the London Stadium club.

However, the England international started all of West Ham’s first four games of this season – which they lost – and as soon as he was dropped from the side the Hammers picked up three points.

The east London club followed up last week’s defeat of Everton by holding Chelsea to a 0-0 draw, and it’s hard to see why Manuel Pellegrini, the manager, would recall Wilshere to the starting line-up when’s he returned from injury.

The current midfield trio of Declan Rice, Mark Noble and Pedro Obiang is clearly better suited to Premier League football than a pairing of Noble and Wilshere, who lack any real energy to dominate a game from the middle of the park.

While the opinion on Wilshere is now starting to flip towards negativity, Cascarino insists he always doubted whether the former Arsenal man was a good signing for the Hammers.

“I was surprised when West Ham signed Jack Wilshere,” Cascarino wrote in The Times. “His injury record is so poor, and even though he was on a free transfer I would be surprised if many other clubs were in for him.

“It seemed to be a vanity signing and I can’t believe they gave him a three-year deal. The most damning thing about Wilshere is that West Ham have looked better since his injury forced him out of the team. With a midfield three of Mark Noble, Declan Rice and Pedro Obiang they look more balanced and, crucially, have the energy and fitness that Wilshere doesn’t have.

West Ham’s midfield looks far improved with Obiang (above) and Mark Noble playing ahead of Declan Rice
West Ham’s midfield looks far improved with Obiang (above) and Mark Noble playing ahead of Declan Rice

“He’s got excellent technical ability but he looks increasingly unsuited to the modern-day game.”

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