Arsenal starlet Jack Wilshere admits he is prepared to learn in an attempt to establish himself as a holding midfielder having produced a good performance in the new role in England’s 2-0 triumph over Switzerland.
The Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson surprised everyone by fielding the Arsenal star at the base of the midfield diamond, with Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph playing on either side, and Raheem Sterling in the hole behind the two forwards.
The risky approach worked like a charm as England enjoyed a very important triumph in Basel, and it was none other than Arsenal’s new boy Danny Welbeck who scored both goals to prove he can excel in a centre forward role.
Jack Wilshere also produced a promising performance in an unfamiliar role and he has suggested he will study the likes of Pirlo, Mascherano and Gerrard in the coming weeks in order to further improve his positioning and overall performance.
“I enjoyed it,” Wilshere said. “It is the first time I’ve ever played there for club or country. I look at the game and there are some negatives, obviously.
“I looked at the players who play that regularly in midweek, Pirlo, Mascherano, Gerrard – the best players in the world who play that position perfectly.
“I will look at them over the next few months and look at this game. I’ll take negatives, there were some positives as well, and I will get better in that position.”
Wilshere was also impressed by his new teammate Danny Welbeck and he has backed the former Manchester United striker to continue the rich vein of form.
“I said in midweek at the press conference that he doesn’t get enough credit for his technical ability.
“Deep down, he wants to play up top. He wants to play that number nine role. When he gets in front of goal he is dangerous and he showed that tonight.”
The reality is Jack Wilshere was far from impressive each time he was deployed in front of the back four by Arsene Wenger and it is more than clear that he has a lot to learn if he wants to establish himself as a deep-lying playmaker.
The likes of Andrea Pirlo and Steven Gerrard are probably two of the best deep-lying playmakers to have played the game in recent years and no doubt Wilshere can learn a great deal by studying the two players and their actions both on and off the pitch.