The name that is on everyone’s lips right now is that of former Arsenal star Jack Wilshire.
Rate or don’t rate, trust with injury or don’t trust, Wilshire, having been freed recently by West Ham, is now a potentially lucrative free agent and after it was suggested in the media that a move for him by Rangers can’t be ruled out, we do wonder how serious this could be.
But there are major issues with Wilshire. He hasn’t played more than 20 league matches in a season for three years, and he is a permanent sicknote.
In short, the man has had a career of injury-laden blight, and you have to go back almost a decade to find him playing 35 league matches.
For a 28-year old, 269 career appearances is absolutely horrific, and most clubs would avoid this man with a bargepole.
However, there’s a flip side, and we all know it:
This guy is a baller. Jack Wilshire, in form, is a magnificent player, a bag of talent, up there as one of the better players of his generation in England. He’s not world class, is he? But he is certainly an exceptional player, a fine midfielder to say the least.
So, when it comes to quality, he’d be a titanic signing.
But just how fit can we keep him?
Let’s face it, half our players are falling like flies right now, it’s a new injury every other game, and we can’t afford an expensive sicknote here.
But his most recent injury in east London had him miss the majority of the season, and that’s been the pattern of his career.
The word is strong about Rangers taking a huge risk on him – and he would be the heavyweight headline signing we’ve probably waited for under Stevie G.
But it’s a massive gamble.
Head says no. Heart says hell yes.