Two undoubtedly gifted players, both unwanted by their current clubs.
Jack Wilshere and Ross Barkley are two players who were once touted as the next big things in English football. Now, both find themselves shunned by their club and country.
Wilshere is about as close to a world class midfielder as England have got at the moment (except for Dele Alli). His vision is exemplary and his passing and vision are extraordinary.
Antalyaspor is a potential destination for Wilshere – what a damning indictment of everything that is wrong with the system in English football.
Having been compared to some of the world’s best footballing talents he never fulfilled his potential – but was never allowed. Had he been Spanish you can bet that a technically gifted and promising young player like Wilshere would not have been shunned for smoking a cigarette.
And rather than being hastily rushed back to play, his injury would have been managed and he would have had his recurring injuries nursed properly.
Wilshere is hoping to stay in the Premier League this season and with a number of Premier League clubs keen on a move including Swansea and Newcastle.
Then there is possibly the most technically able English midfielder in the Premier League, Ross Barkley.
The Everton star has gone from being England’s next big thing to a reject at the Merseyside club. Why this is shocking is that last season he created more chances than Alexis Sanchez, Phillipe Coutinho and David Silva.
How is that not good enough for England?
Barkley is a livewire that creates chances and has the talent to match his lofty ambition, he takes risks when he plays, that’s what makes him a joy to watch.
Barkley will be leaving Everton this summer and will be joining a Premier League club. Manchester United and Arsenal have both been mentioned along with a host of clubs outside the current ‘Big Six’ of the Premier League.
Whatever becomes of these players their potential was clear to see and it would be a crying shame if that wonderful potential of two English outcasts is never fulfilled.
Fred Blagden, Pundit Arena
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