At 22-years-old, Jack Wilshere still has a lot to learn.
If you’re going to learn from someone, Xabi Alonso is a pretty good choice.
Wilshere has been given a new role for the England national team, sitting deeper in the center of midfield in more of a holding position.
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That’s the exact role Xabi Alonso has played throughout his career, currently dominating the midfield for German giants Bayern Munich.
In an effort to learn more about his new role for the Three Lions, Wilshere said he has been studying video clips of Xabi Alonso on his iPad.
I have been watching Xabi Alonso on video in the past couple of weeks. He had a record number of passes in one game, 200 in one match, which is ridiculous.
I get clips of Alonso through on my iPad. The analyst guys here send them to me and they highlight some of his key points, his key strengths. It’s a 20- to 25-minute package.”
While Wilshere has definitely chosen the right player to learn from, he has quite a ways to go before his name can be mentioned with the greats like Xabi Alonso. Coming from the attack-minded offense of Arsene Wenger with Arsenal, Wilshere will have to adapt to his defensive role under Roy Hodgson with England.
Luckily for Wilshere, he has many years ahead of him as a central midfielder for England. If he can maintain his health, he has the potential to develop into one of Europe’s premier midfielders.
Jack Wilshere has similarities to a young Wayne Rooney, a player with loads of talent but questioned for his maturity and leadership. Rooney has grown, now the captain of England and closing in on the all-time goalscoring record for the Three Lions.
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If Wilshere learns to grow up on and off the pitch, there is no doubt he will become one of the most important players for England.
Learning from Xabi Alonso is a good start.