Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend believes Rangers-linked former England star Jack Wilshere is still a ‘world-class player’ and hopes he can land a move to a Premier League side.
Wilshere has been at the centre of speculation over a switch to Ibrox since his West Ham contract was ripped up on deadline day – with the former Arsenal star insisting he never got a chance at the Hammers despite being fit.
Townsend admits there’s “not much you can do” about Wilshere’s injury record but is confident he can prove his quality if given a chance to play.
“Unfortunately, through no fault of his own, he’s not picking up muscle injuries,” Townsend told the ITV Football Podcast.
“He’s picking up his ankle, his bones and his ligaments. It’s contact injuries. As a player, with muscle injuries you can say maybe I am living wrong, doing the wrong things, but with ligament and contact injuries, there’s not much you can do about it.
“I feel sorry for Jack. I hope another club in the Premier League sees what he can bring and gives him another chance because there was a world-class player there.
“I am sure if he gets a run of games, he gets back to match fitness, he avoids those niggling injuries then there’s a world-class player there.”
The 28-year-old only made 16 league appearances for West Ham and featured only once this season, in the 5-1 victory over League One Hull in the Carabao Cup.
Wilshere made 197 first-team appearances for Arsenal and was part of the 2014 and 2015 FA Cup-winning sides at the Emirates; earning 34 England caps, last representing his country in the 2-1 defeat by Iceland in the last 16 of Euro 2016.