Wilshere compared to England legends.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere can be as good as Glenn Hoddle or Paul Gascoigne, according to Arsenal’s head of youth development Liam Brady.
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Wilshere has made a huge impact for the Gunners this season after returning to the team in October following an 18-month injury layoff.
The 21-year-old has since made 15 Premier League appearances and boasts goals in both the Champions League and FA Cup.
Brady, who oversaw Wilshere’s progression through the youth system in North London believes the playmaker can be as good as former Tottenham Hotspur midfielders Hoddle and Gascoigne.
“We were all a bit nervous – it was 18 months (out injured) – but he has improved with every game and his performance against Liverpool was outstanding,” the former Republic of Ireland international told talkSPORT.
“I think he will be up there with the very, very skilful creative English players. In my time it was Glenn Hoddle, (Paul) Gascoigne came after that and then (Wayne) Rooney and I think Wilshere will be in that mix.
“I think he is leading the (Arsenal) team now, his pace is deceptive. He has a funny running style but he drifts past players, and he’s only 22 (sic), he’s only going to get better.”
Wilshere is expected to claim his seventh England cap in Wednesday’s friendly with Brazil, when former Arsenal left-back Ashley Cole is anticipated to make his 100th international appearance.
“I think like Ashley he’s going to go on and play a lot of games for England,” Brady said of Wilshere.
Meanwhile Brady, who made over 200 appearances for the Gunners between 1973 and 1980 has admitted that he could take another role in the club when he departs as head of the youth set up in May 2014.
“I’m not going to retire as such, I’m retiring from my role. I want to take things a bit easier, it’s a very demanding job and I want to do something else and the club have said there may be another role for me,” the 56-year-old told RTE.
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