Leeds Plotting A Swoop For Forgotten English International: Shrewd Option For Bielsa?

It turned out to be a solid summer transfer window for Leeds United, who spent over £50m on four new arrivals.

After two impressive loan spells with Leeds United, Jack Harrison was signed permanently from Manchester City. Junior Firpo and Kristoffer Klaesson followed Harrison through the front door of Elland Road before the Whites smashed their transfer record on deadline day by signing Daniel James from bitter rivals Manchester United.

Despite the transfer window being closed until the start of January, the Peacocks can pounce on players who are out of contracts. There are plenty of free agents around the globe and the Yorkshire giants can take a look at them if Bielsa decides to add to his squad further.

According to Leeds Live, Leeds United could plot a swoop for Jack Wilshere, with manager Marcelo Bielsa keen on boosting his midfield options. Wilshere, 29, has been without a club since leaving Championship club Bournemouth at the end of 2020/21 season.

The midfielder, 29, signed a short-term contract with Bournemouth in January 2021 after leaving West Ham by mutual consent last October. He managed 14 appearances in the Championship, registering a goal and an assist apiece, but the Cherries chose not to extend his contract after failing to win top-flight promotion. The ex-England international recently began training with Serie B side Como.

Jack Wilshere to Leeds United—Should Marcelo Bielsa take a gamble?

Leeds United have performed admirably well in the Premier League since achieving promotion last year, playing a unique brand of football that involves a lot of energy, high pressing and aggression. They finished ninth on the table on their return to top-flight and did well in the transfer window to beef up their squad.

However, one area Marcelo Bielsa failed to address over the summer is the midfield, which lacks depth. With Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich needing cover and competition, it is a no-brainer that Leeds need to focus on bringing in reinforcements in the middle of the park. To that end, they must take a dip in the free agency market and bring in Jack Wilshere.

Wilshere began his career with Arsenal and made his international debut for England in 2010 at just 18. However, the midfielder has been hit by injuries throughout his career which ultimately prevented him from fulfilling his massive potential.

The English midfielder, of course, should have been enjoying his prime years now if not for recurring injury and fitness problems. After being released by Bournemouth at the end of last season, his stocks are very low at the moment but given his bags of top-flight experience and know-how, Leeds’ exploring the possibility of signing Jack Wilshere as a free agent makes sense.

The ex-Gunners star would improve the Whites’ options in the middle of the park, whilst rotating well with Mateusz Klich and Adam Forshaw, who recently made his return to the first-team after a long injury layoff. Thus, Leeds must take a gamble on Jack Wilshere and sign him on a short-term deal as quickly as possible.

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