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Huddersfield Town Looking To Sign This English Dazzler: Can Wagner Actually Pull This Off?

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Huddersfield Town have emerged as shock suitors for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere. The newly promoted team have been looking for players with ample Premier League experience and the midfielder fits the bill perfectly.

Unlike other seasons, Wilshere has had a pretty definitive stint at Bournemouth after Arsenal shipped him out on loan. He has thrived under Eddie Howe’s guidance this season and has shown his potential before getting injured against Tottenham Hotspur.

Wilshere is regarded amongst the highly rated English midfielders of the current lot but his habit of picking up regular injuries has affected his career. But in this season, he remained fit most of the time and has impressed in a couple of games triggering an interest among a number of clubs.

However, after being impressed by the player, Bournemouth did make their interest known to the North London clubs but haven’t yet made a realistic approach to sign the player.

Wilshere currently has only a year left on his Arsenal contract and Wenger might offload the player finally after having him since 2007. With cloud hovering over his future, Huddersfield manager David Wagner could offer him some respite by giving him the chance to play under him.

Wilshere has shown that if given a chance he could turn out to be a real threat and Wagner is ready to take the gamble. Although this season has been one of his best campaigns, still doubts are there over his capability as the midfielder notched up only two assists at the South Coast.

There has been confusion regarding his exact position in the team. Howe deployed him in a more advanced position on a couple of occasions and the midfielder has done commendably well in that position.

The midfielder especially thrives in the central midfield role where he would be handed the role to bridge the gap between the defence and the midfield. A very strong dribbler of the ball, his presence in the midfield would ease pressure on the other players and open up opportunities to score.

His defensive ability is not up to the mark but he can make amends with his playmaking ability. Wagner should allow him to roam effortlessly in the centre of the pitch and if he does work on his defensive attributes he could soon emerge as one of the top midfielders in the Premier League.

Either way, it will certainly be interesting to see how his future pans out.

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