Huge season for Wilshere as both club and player need to start seeing results

There have been countless players over the years who have had a dreadful run with injuries, either at West Ham or at other clubs. The likes of Abou Diaby, Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate immediately spring to mind, but the Hammers have their very own injury prone player in Jack Wilshere.

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The former Arsenal man arguably hasn't lived up to his billing in his early days because of his seemingly endless issues with injuries and the physical and mental effect that has had on him over the years.

Without his injuries, there is no way a player as talented as Jack Wilshere would be pulling on a Hammers shirt. His dreadful fitness issues not only contributed to his Arsenal exit but also his England absence.

After an impressive cameo towards the end of last season in West Ham's Premier League win over Southampton, though, which was followed up by an appearance at the season finale away to Watford, things appear to be on the up for Wilshere, especially if he can get a solid pre-season under his belt.

Both player and club will be hoping for a far more productive return this campaign as the Hammers strive to break into the top six of the Premier League, which is currently priced at 16/1 (888sport) if you fancy a flutter with some online betting, although a top 10 finish, priced at 13/10 (888sport), seems more realistic at this stage in the Hammers' development under Manuel Pellegrini.

Wilshere is certainly vital in the club's project to not only show progress in the Premier League, but also in the domestic cups, with the Hammers currently priced at 33/1 (888sport) to win the FA Cup and 30/1 to lift the EFL Cup, albeit with that also being a tough task too. A summer of solid recruitment, the return of Wilshere and the vital experience Premier League winner Pellegrini has mean it's hard to write them off completely, though.

The Chilean boss is a fan of Wilshere too, suggesting the former England star could help transform the side. Speaking towards the end of last season, he said: "If the injuries respect him, of course Jack can be a big player for us. He has a lot of quality. We hope, in the same way that when we bought him, that he can play [a full] season and of course that will change our team. I know this because I see him working every day."

It remains to be seen how physically and mentally fragile Jack Wilshere is after this latest injury lay off, but he appears to be a good, hard-working professional who is desperate to succeed at West Ham United. Of course there's always a worry that someone who has suffered like Wilshere has will perhaps play within themselves, but the Stevenage born midfielder tends to play at 100mph and be fully committed judging by his past comebacks, which is, arguably, his downfall as he can increase his susceptibility to picking up injuries that way.

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Make no mistake about it, though, with the money Wilshere is on and the path West Ham are keen to take, the tidy midfielder needs to hit the ground running this season and, most importantly of all, maintain his fitness and stay healthy if he is to stand any chance of succeeding at the club.

Should Jack Wilshere pick up another long-term injury, then not only would his West Ham future be cast into doubt, but his career as a professional footballer too, much like it turned out for the aforementioned Ledley King. It really is make or break time.

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