AFC Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe has revealed that close friend Jack Wilshere opted to join the Cherries due to manager Eddie Howe’s influence.
Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere joined AFC Bournemouth on a season long loan deal on Wednesday, choosing the Cherries over numerous clubs including Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and Italian sides Roma and AC Milan.
The move was one of the biggest stories on transfer deadline day, mainly due to the profile of the 24 year old midfielder, joining a club like AFC Bournemouth.
Pundits were split over Wilshere’s decision, some believing joining the Cherries was a perfect fit due to the style of football they play, others thought he should have broadened his education by playing in Italy.
But Afobe believes Wilshere made his decision based on the reputation of Eddie Howe.
? ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) 31 August 2016
Afobe told the Daily Echo…
‘…he asked me what Bournemouth was like and said he was interested in coming on loan for the season.
‘He was interested from the get-go. The influence of me telling him about the club, the manager and the boys played a big part but in himself he was really interested…’
‘…He told me he liked Eddie Howe because he felt he could improve him. He knows he’s not the finished article…’
‘…I spoke to the manager and said, ‘hopefully, when I retire, you will offer me a job as a scout or an agent’!’
? AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) 31 August 2016
‘Afobe was caught offside three times against Manchester because of the slowness of thought of our midfielders and defenders. This signing may just be the making of Benik. – Join the conversation here.
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