Jack is back! How will Wilshere impact AFC Bournemouth?

Written by Harry Dodds (@HDodds_BU)

This week, former Arsenal and West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere signed for Bournemouth on a six-month deal.

Wilshere was released by West Ham back in October, and for the past few weeks has been training with AFC Bournemouth to maintain his match sharpness.

Now the 29-year-old is back at the Vitality, where he spent a year on loan back in 2016/17.

But what will fans need to know about the former wonderkid ahead of his short spell in the South Coast?

Creativity

Whilst he has underperformed over his career, particularly in his spell with the Hammers, Wilshere had shown glimpses of technical brilliance in his time at Arsenal. 

He has an eye for a pass and is a brilliant ball carrier, which will undoubtedly do wonders for the likes of Dominic Solanke up top.

The question remains, will he be able to keep up a consistent run of form?

Injury Record

When you think of Jack Wilshere, you probably think of his injury record, and it is a massive concern for anyone looking to sign him.

The Englishman has missed around 208 games in his career through injury, and the Championship has a packed out fixture schedule that will be testing for Wilshere.

Hopefully for the Cherries he can keep up his fitness and show the Bournemouth fans what he is truly capable of.

Risk-Free Move

The biggest mistake that West Ham made in signing Wilshere back in 2018 was the extortionate £100,000 per-week wages they offered him, and they quite literally paid the ultimate price.

Bournemouth have reportedly offered Wilshere a significant pay-cut to sign with the Cherries, and with his deal expiring in the summer, the club won’t lose out on a huge amount of wages if the move doesn’t work out.

This could prove to be a sensible move for Jason Tindall if the midfielder doesn’t fit the bill at the Vitality.

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