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Friday, 08 February 2013

Arsenal: How much would Jack Wilshere be worth in today's market?


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Arsenal's Jack Wilshere put in a man-of-the-match performance against Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday night and every Englishman is pinning their World Cup hopes on his young shoulders.

Arsenal fans know only too well how good Wilshere is. He made his league debut for the club at the age of 16 - the youngest Gunner ever - and unlike many youngsters, Wilshere has lived up to the hype. 

At 21 he has a great future ahead of him and could go on to be one of the greatest of all time. He has a great turn of pace, he's not afraid to put a boot in, has great awareness and just loves being in control of the football.

WilshereWilshere is now back to full fitness after his long lay-off and Arsenal fans see him as the most crucial cog in their machine. He drives the team forward and never shirks his responsibility. Arsenal fans will be relieved that he has put pen to paper to commit himself to the club for the next five years. In fact, Wilshere has gone on record to say that he will never leave the Emirates. That's some statement from the youngster with about 15 years of football ahead of him, but one that will keep the fans happy.

But, how much would Wilshere be worth in the current market? Andy Carroll is currently England's most expensive striker having joined Liverpool from Newcastle for £35 million while Chelsea paid Liverpool £50m for the talents of Fernando  Torres. Neither move has really paid off with Brendan Rodgers shipping Carroll out to West Ham and Torres looking a shadow of his former self, but Wilshere would surely command a bigger fee than those.

There are rumours surrounding the future of Tottenham's Gareth Bale with Real Madrid thought to be in the running to buy him in the summer. A figure of £40 million plus has been talked about, but would Bale demand a bigger transfer fee than Wilshere? Bale is more effective offensively than Wilshere, but Wilshere is at the heart of everything for Arsenal.

If I were to put a valuation on Wilshere's head it would have to be near £60 million. He doesn't reach his peak for another six years which means he's only going to get better. You wouldn't be buying potential either with Wilshere. He is the real deal already, but a few more years experience under his belt would make him even more effective.

Remember when he took on Xavi and Iniesta in the Champions League a few years back? Wilshere showed no fear or respect of the men in front of him. He went out and did his job perfectly.

We all know Wilshere isn't leaving Arsenal any time soon, but how much do you think he would be worth in today's market?

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