Jack Wilshere Stat Shows How Poor His West Ham Debut Was
West Ham's great new dawn didn't get off to the bang that fans would have hoped for as they lost to Liverpool and one stat about one of the Reds own new signings show how bad Jack Wilshere's debut was.
This summer West Ham have been one of the teams praised for their transfer deals. First they have added a Premier League winning manager in the shape of Manuel Pellegrini to the team but their signings have got even more praise.
Felipe Anderson joined on a record transfer fee for them whilst Issa Diop, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez, Lucas Perez and Ryan Fredericks were also expected to make a positive impact.
They opened their Premier League campaign on Sunday against a Liverpool side who have also bought well. The Hammers weren't expected to win but some of their play was shambolic as the Reds ran out 4-0 winners.
Jack Wilshere was amongst the debutants for the Hammers as he made up a new midfield with with Mark Noble and Declan Rice but the former Gunner didn't have a good opening game for his new club.
The 26 year old managed less than 29 passes during the game, meaning he was even less creative than Liverpool's keeper Alisson:
Wilshere left Arsenal at the end of last season when his contract expired at the Emirates. He wanted to stay but was told by new manager Unai Emery that he was no longer needed as a first choice midfielder. He missed out on the World Cup in the summer before his move to West Ham was confirmed.
It's too early to really judge the Hammers on their season, and Liverpool are likely to beat better opposition than them, but the mistakes they made don't bode too well.
Jamie Carragher questioned whether Wilshere was a good signing saying, "I don't think it's as good as signing as people are saying. He's still got to bring a lot more."
Can Wilshere turn things around?