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Paul Robinson has said that he doesn’t think Jack Wilshere would be a good fit for Leeds United, given his injury record and the demands Marcelo Bielsa makes on his players.
However, he did say that Wilshere was an “outstanding talent” and that he could be a good stop-gap option on a pay-as-you-play deal.
Wilshere was on £100k-a-week before getting released from West Ham but Robinson believes he would have to prove his fitness to any future club.
He is currently on the lookout for a new club ahead of the January transfer window. Meanwhile, Leeds have struggled with a replacement for Kalvin Phillips while he’s been out injured.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “I think with Jack Wilshere you have to question his injury record. But you talk to Jack and he insists he’s been fit for a number of months and he’s just not been played.
“He’s without a doubt an outstanding talent. I just struggle to see how he would get into a Leeds side.
“The only place is the defensive midfield position and the demands that Bielsa puts on his players daily, weekly and on a Saturday and a Tuesday, you question whether he could cope with this.
“The running figures, the stats that Bielsa demands, I struggle to see how Wilshere would fit into that set-up.
“He’s a luxury player, an outstanding player, but with his injury record, I don’t think it would be an ideal move for him.
“Saying that, wherever he goes next it’s going to be a pay-as-you-play deal. So, if he did come to Leeds the wages aren’t a problem.
“He could be a stop-gap for Leeds but Bielsa and Jack Wilshere just don’t seem to be the ideal fit for me.”
Wilshere was once feted as one of the brave new hopes for English football but his injury problems have been many and well documented.
Leeds fans are split over the possibility of him joining, with some seeing his talent and others not being able to get past his time on the treatment table.
We can’t see him getting through one session of murderball without packing his bags.
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