Jack Wilshere made his competitive debut for AFC Bournemouth during their 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion in one of Saturday’s 3pm kick-offs.
The talented midfielder, who surprised many with his decision to remain in the Premier League after reports emerged that he was available on a loan deal, was named amongst the substitutes for Eddie Howe’s side.
The move has the potential to rejuvenate Wilshere’s career and regular minutes will undoubtedly benefit him in terms of boosting morale and improving match sharpness.
Wilshere was bright when he replaced Jordon Ibe shortly after the hour mark, and will hope that he’ll convince Howe to start him in the not-too-distant future.
After the full-time whistle his new temporary boss said the following during the post-match interview:
On how close he was to starting: “Very close, with a player of that quality.
“When he came on he had a real impact for us.
“I was just concerned about his ability to play for as long as we wanted, and he had more of an impact coming off the bench.”
Howe also spoke briefly about the impact that Wilshere’s presence has had on the first-team players, “giving them a real boost”, which is always nice to hear.