The future of Jack Wilshere
What role will Wilshere play in Arsenal's midfield?
Jack Wilshere is a player that has a huge future ahead of him - he is already showing his quality at a young age in the middle of the park and has been tipped as a future England captain.
He has all the required qualities to operate as either a holding midfielder or move up to a more attacking position behind the strikers He may ultimately may have to decide which role to take up permanently at some point in his career.
If he were to take up the famed “Makelele” role then it would suit him extremely well. He shows positive aggression, which is vital in this part of the field. Sometimes he can show too much and receive unnecessary bookings, however. This is normal for a player of his age so discipline should not be too much of a problem, as he grows older.
Wilshere possesses strength and, despite his small stature, can give opponents tough physical battles whilst also showing good composure on the ball - an essential quality as mistakes in that area can be costly.
His excellent first touch and brilliant dribbling ability means that with one touch he can beat an opponent to relieve pressure in his half of the field. Furthermore he has terrific passing abilities, meaning he can distribute key passes for his teammates. The former Bolton-loanee also has an impressive reading of the game, so he can break down attacks before they get going.
In addition to all these vital attributes, he also shows true passion whilst playing and has a never-say-die attitude, so you can see why he is spoken of as a future captain of his national side.
On the other hand, however, the Arsenal youngster also has all the traits needed to succeed as an attacking midfielder. His passing ability means he can be trusted as the team's playmaker and be at the heart of their passing moves. The Englishman could also chip in with his fair share of goals too, and take up a role similar to that of Frank Lampard - a midfielder who can be relied on to score.
His fantastic dribbling skills also means that he'd be a threat in the final third, because he has the ability to create something out of nothing and change a match in an instant. Finally, Wilshere could further be a danger on the counter-attack, with his stamina crucial if he has to track back or attack in equal measure.
The fact that fellow countryman Tom Cleverley is an attacking midfielder may have some effect on the role he plays, certainly in the England set-up anyway.
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