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Premiership Player Profile – Jack Collison

This week’s Premier League player profiles starts with West Ham midfielder Jack Collison. On Wednesday 5stars will be writing our 33rd player profile, please read and comment below (only if you wish)…

Born in Watford in the year 1988, West Ham midfielder Jack Collison has been tipped as one of the next big stars of the English game. Collison spent two years as a product of the West Ham youth academy, and in the year 2007 he was able to break into the ‘Hammers’ first team side. The 21 year old is eligible to play for the Wales national team, as his grandfather was born in Wales. So far Jack Collison has featured 44 times for his current club and he has also featured 7 times for the Wales senior side.

So far this season Jack Collison has had a very difficult campaign off the pitch due to family matters, however on the pitch the young talent has played exceptionally well. Collison has started 22 games for the London club scoring 2 goals in the process. His only two goals of the season so far were scored in back to back games, as of the 21st of November Collison bagged himself a goal against relegation favourites Hull City, a week later he scored his 2nd goal in the bizarre 5-3 win over Burnley.

Collison has started most of his games this season as a winger predominately on the right-side of the midfield; however the Welsh international can also play in the centre of the midfield. Jack Collison is an all-round football player, he can tackle, he can pass and he can sprint, and for his manager Gianfranco Zola, Collison gives him plenty of positional options.

For Wales, the 21 year old made his senior debut in the year 2008, against Iceland in a friendly fixture. Like I mentioned above Jack has only featured 7 times for Wales, and he definitely would of claimed more caps if he wasn’t injured for some previous games. A knee injury marred the end of his hopes of playing for Wales in the 2010 World Cup qualification group stages, and without the presence of Collison, Toshack’s side finished 4th in their respective group. Overall the West Ham midfielder has got a bright future ahead of him, he is still only 21 years of age therefore he has many seasons to mature as a player.

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