Jack Wilshere’s career is set for another crossroads in the coming weeks after West Ham confirmed they have terminated his contract.
The England international was set to leave the London Stadium at the end of the current campaign, after two injury ravaged seasons in East London.
The Hammers were well aware of the level of risk involved in signing Wilshere ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, with Arsenal finally admitting defeat in their fight to keep him fit on a consistent basis.
However, the possibility of bringing him on board on a free transfer from the Gunners was seized upon by Manuel Pellegrini as a win-win situation for the club. The Hammers manager pushed for a three-year deal for Wilshere and got it despite reservations from the board who only wanted to hand him a 12-month contract.
But despite initial positives that his long-standing injury problems were behind him, following a sustained rehabilitation programme and lifestyle changes, including taking up a vegan diet, Wilshere’s West Ham career was a disaster from the start.
His injury record under Pellegrini, and latterly the returning David Moyes, has worked out as worse than his average injury record with Arsenal, sitting out a total of 53 games in two seasons.
An ankle injury picked up inside his first month at West Ham subsequently required surgery and he played a grand total of 80 minutes of Premier League action at the back end of 2018-19.
The 2019-20 campaign began with more positivity as he was able to complete a full preseason for one of the first times in his career, and he started the season at the heart of the Hammers midfield.
But despite appearing injury free, there were growing concerns that his body had simply taken too much punishment and his ability to complete a full 90 minutes was seriously questioned.
The start of last season arguably defined his time at West Ham, more than the chronic groin injury which eventually…