It’ll be 12 years to the day this Sunday since Jack Wilshere – 16 years of age but far from baby-faced – entered the consciousness of the football-watching public.
Wilshere duly became Arsenal’s youngest-ever league debutant when he replaced Robin van Persie with six minutes left on the clock. It seemed the teenager had the world at his feet.
Jack Wilshere’s days as a West Ham player appear to be numbered ahead of the new season
Manager David Moyes (left) is desperate to raise extra funds to use in the transfer market
We all know what happened next. Wilshere never came close to fulfilling his enormous potential or scaling heights within the game as everyone expected him to.
It’s the classic football story of ‘what might have been’, the sorry saga of dreams wrecked by chronic bad luck with injuries, of false dawns of form and fitness, and the odd indiscretion along the way.
Back then, we all hoped that Wilshere would be in the prime of his career at 28. Instead it looks…