20-year-old Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook has hailed Jack Wilshere after playing alongside him last season.
Wilshere spent last season on loan at Bournemouth, making 27 appearances in total before suffering another hairline fracture to his fibula in April.
However, despite not even getting to spend a full season on the south coast, the 25-year-old clearly made quite an impression with one of his young teammates.
“I took a lot from him. On and off the pitch, he was a great guy. His skill on the pitch was unbelievable. In training, he would show me little things and I tried to add them to my game and improve as a player,” Lewis Cook told the Daily Echo (via Tribal Football).
“He’s a great player technically, very gifted, so I like watching him as well. The way he runs with the ball is very powerful. He’s not the biggest guy but is very powerful on the ball and I felt I wanted to try to take that into my game.
“I’m not the biggest so I have to find other ways of getting past players by using my strengths so he helped me with that.”
Cook has already made two appearances for the Cherries in the League Cup this season after appearing just nine times overall last term. The young central midfielder is just 20 though and has plenty of time to develop.
Wilshere is struggling for game time at Arsenal but for a different reason.
The Englishman has under a year left on his current contract and is only just returning from long-term injury. While he claims he’s fit and ready to play, Arsene Wenger’s being understandably cautious with him.
Wilshere played his first 90 minutes since the Gunners’ 2014 2-1 League Cup defeat to Southampton against Doncaster Rovers on Wednesday.
He did well. Really well. And you have to imagine that he’ll start against BATE Borisov in the Europa League on Thursday as well.
Hopefully he can remain fit and continue to impress.