By Tony Hughes
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has hailed the impact of Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere already, after the midfielder enjoyed his debut in a friendly against AC Milan on Saturday.
Jack Wilshere was one of the surprise signings of the summer, after it was agreed he should go out on loan to get valuable first-team experience.
After being linked with a number of clubs, including Crystal Palace and Roma, Wilshere settled on the south coast team, and Howe says he has already noticed the difference in his squad.
Talking after the AC Milan game, as quoted by The Mirror, Howe said that Wilshere has given his other players a boost ahead of the Premier League re-start at the weekend.
“I hoped the signing and the high profile nature of the signing will give the lads that confidence that having a player like Jack Wilshere in your squad can give,” Howe said.
“I have seen a difference in our players and certainly standing next to them in the tunnel with the team can only inspire belief and confidence in the group.”
Wilshere only played 45 minutes against the Italian giants in a 2-1 defeat, but played well and looked supremely comfortable on the ball.
If he can stay injury-free for the rest of the season, the move could revitalise his career – something that will please Arsenal fans as much as the Cherries.
Howe went on to say: “We saw the potential of the team with him in it and there will hopefully be some exciting times ahead and he can provide that link between our midfield and attack which we desperately need.
“He has a creative eye, which anyone who has seen Arsenal down the years will know how good he is with his decision making in those areas.
“I don’t think there is any doubting his quality. If we can get enough ball in dangerous positions he will certainly hurt teams.”
Bournemouth’s next match is in the Premier League on Saturday when they host West Brom at Dean Court. Wilshere will be hoping to make the starting line-up for his new team and start showing what he can do for eager Cherries fans.
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