After we reported that Jack Wilshere was considering loan offers from 5 clubs, it emerged in the Mail, Mirror, Sun, Telegraph and Guardian that Crystal Palace were leading the chase for the England international, with Wilshere conducting discussions with Alan Pardew yesterday and today. Crystal Palace have been looking for central midfield reinforcements, having sold club captain Mile Jedinak to Aston Villa, and were dealt a further blow when Yohan Cabaye pulled out of the French team with a knee injury. He is expected to miss several weeks.
Wilshere prefers Crystal Palace and other English sides to a move to Italy, Portugal or Spain due to his young family. There is also apparently interest from Roma and Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic, but he is not guaranteed a starting role at Roma, and Wilshere is only interested in moving to a side that will guarantee him playing time.
While Palace will guarantee him playing time, Alan Pardew is not the tactically saavy coach that Wilshere desperately needs for re-training. Rather, he is someone who is to defer to Wilshere’s talent, rather than sitting him down and getting him to a place where he has a defined role that works for Wilshere and Arsenal. That could be found in Serie A or La Liga, but could only be found at a handful of clubs in the Premier League.
If anything, moving to Palace seems an easy option: a manager of the same nationality, who’ll make Wilshere the centre of the side, and won’t challenge him. While playing time is important for Wilshere, it is only half the battle to make him into the player Arsène Wenger and others once envisioned.