Ask any manager or scout how difficult it is to discover a real talent, and he will tell you that; its more harder to find than gold, and when you get one, you cherish and hide it from the vultures.
As it’s practiced this days; small clubs/football academies hide their best talents whenever they have a top fixture to prevent scouts from spotting them at such an early stage in order not to disrupt the player’s development,
and have them leave at the cost of nothing.
Then what do the player’s management do when youthful exuberances and the vicissitudes of life lures the youngster away, distracting him from utilizing his potential to the fullest while dwarfing his career at the long run.
This seems to be the case of our very own-Jack Wilshere, a player who broke into the scenes at a very young age of 16 in 2008, making his 1st Premier league appearance against Blackburn Rovers as an 84th minute substitute in the 2008/2009 season, earning rave reviews and commendations.
He went on to have a loan spell with Bolton wanderers in the 2009/2010 season where he spent half of the season and was impressive, which made the club reluctantly let him go.
The following season was a fruitful one for him as he started 31 league games and made 4 substitute appearances, becoming an integral part of the Arsenal’s midfield alongside Alex Song.
The then 19-year-old was adjudged to be the best holding midfielder amongst his age grade and was described as the ‘future’ by Fabio Capello, which had the English fans salivating.
Moving on to the present, the then promising youngster has since undergone a downward spiral in his performances, as-well-as his stats on paper.
It may be argued that injury spells were the cause of his subdued performances but Ramsey also had injury spells too, and came back to become an even more influential player.
So what happened to wilshere? Why has he falling down the pecking order for both club and country, losing his once assured position in the Three Lions midfield to Jordan Henderson and just last season before his injury, Wenger had to find a place for him at the left-wing in place of injured Lukas Podolski, as he couldn’t displace anyone in the midfield due to his erratic performances.
The truth is that Wilshere was low on concentration level, and that could have contributed immensely to his predicament, since he had to cope with the responsibility of being a father tending to his crying baby at night and a footballer during the day.
And in the past couple of seasons, the once withdrawn youngster has had his fair share of media attractions; from spitting on a taxi driver, to getting drunk at parties and about 9 months ago, he was caught smoking in public. Which led to Wenger openly criticising him at a press conference, subsequently placing him on the bench against Napoli in the group-F Champions league game.
Yet again he was recently pictured puffing a cigarette while guzzling some alcohol, and i’m quite sure that Wenger would not easily forgive him on this one.
Its high time the Arsenal manager reads Wilshere the riot act to checkmate this malady which seems to be the scourge of the English game; where once promising players gradually drift away, becoming average at best, therefore leaving the media to hype the players to high heavens.
Who suffers it? England.