I would argue that for a central midfielder, speed isn’t as important as quickness of thought. It’s more important that a central midfielder reads the game, moves the ball quickly and finds the correct position, rather than being able to cover distance quickly. This is something that Wilshire has in abundance and is why, on his day, there is no better English central midfielder. Pirlo, Xavi, Iniesta weren’t fast, but they are arguably the greatest central midfielders in the past 30 years.
I think that the central midfield that Pellers envisages is less reliant on speed, and more on technical ability… Wilshire, Fornals, Lanzini, Rice all fit the bill. Combine this with fast wingers (fullbacks), and a centre forward, who’s comfortable on the ball and bringing others into play, and you have a fluidity to the football played in the opponent’s half, aka the mythical West Ham Way
Agree with every word and said as much myself in the past. I do however believe Wilshere is quick. If he ever did one of those speed tests Clubs have I reckon he'd be holding his own well. He's not someone who I would class as a slow plodder in midfield.
It's worth noting that the reason her get injured is because he'd often be sythed down from behind once running with the ball because opponents struggle to keep up with him taking the ball away cleanly. The last resort is for them to kick his ankles which invariably led to a spell out injured. He's a quick dribbler with the ball.